Craig children run for gold during Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day races |

Craig children run for gold during Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day races

In keeping with a tradition that began in the Middle Ages, St. Mark's Church of Grace in Craig marked Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and pancake races. Pictured, Mijoy Ringold fuels up on pancakes before competing to win a golden spatula.
Sasha Nelson/staff
2018 Race Winners:
  • Riley Thompson, sixth-grade, Golden Spatula for his age-group.
  • Matt Kinkaid, age 4, prize for his age group.
  • Gaye Schackenberg, Golden Skillet.

CRAIG — A local church recently joined the Olympics committee in giving out gold.

St. Mark’s Church of Grace held a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and pancake races Feb. 13; at stake were Golden Skillet and Golden Spatula awards.

The event, which was open to the public, was restarted by the small parish about three years ago and has since become an annual evening of celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season, said parishioner Debbie McLain.

According to McLain’s research, the tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, when Anglicans would clear their cupboards of flour, sugar and eggs — items often given up during lent — by making pancakes before the beginning of Lent. Stories say pancake racing began when one parishioner — upon hearing the ringing of the church bells, and in her haste to make it in time for the service — ran out of her home carrying a skillet full of pancakes.

At St. Mark’s, parishioners served a free supper of pancakes, alongside link sausage, coffee, tea and juice. Following the meal, children and adults tested their flapjack flipping skills with a race.

St. Mark’s Church of Grace is a blended parish representing the traditions of both the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

For more information about the church, call the Rev. Bain White at 970-824-3470.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or

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