REDDING, Calif. - Thousands of people flooded Downtown Redding Friday morning for the 64th annual Asphalt Cowboys Pancake Breakfast.
“It's the largest outdoor community breakfast in the world,” Asphalt Cowboys spokesman Gary Moore said.
Around 10,000 people showed up to the event.
“We came for the pancake breakfast this morning with my little ones,” Redding resident Analicia Boshell said. “And we're super-excited for the rodeo this weekend.”
Anderson resident Eva Ochoa stopped by the event before having to go to work.
“It's a really great community event,” she said. “I love it. Everybody comes out. They enjoy the pancakes, really great people watching. It's fun.”
The Asphalt Cowboys along with volunteers from several other organizations gathered in downtown in the wee hours of the night to prepare for the feast where they served an estimated 25,000 pancakes.
“On the pancake batter for instance, they had to be here at 12:30 at night because they have to have 50 five-gallon buckets of batter done and ready to go before the first person comes or else they won't be able to keep up,” Moore said.
The event has become an annual tradition over the years and Moore says all the money raised from the event goes right back into the community.
“It's all about community,” he said. “And this started back in 1954 and it's just grown to what it is today. They did their first breakfast and I think there was only 74 people there.”
And it's grown so big, it’s hard to walk two feet without running into someone you know.
“This is an awesome event that is fun for me to be able to come to see people that I maybe haven't seen all year because again you get busy,” Shasta County Undersheriff Eric McGrini said. “So it's a great way to reconnect, say hi to everybody. And it's just a fun time for all who are involved.”