SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Friday is National Doughnut Day – also known as, well, Friday among journalists – and what better way to celebrate to celebrate the holiday that with a couple dozen maple bars, apple fritters and bear claws.
One of the biggest boosters for National Doughnut Day every day is Brenda Rigby, the manager of Scrumdiddlyumptious Donuts and reigning donut queen, who her regulars call a bit of a spark plug.
"She is like a firecracker, you never know what's going to happen," Tom Peterson said.
"Twinkle toes, just a nickname, she is always on the go," Del Murphy said.
Peterson and Murphy are at her donut shop every day.
"It's great having them here. And Deputy Craig [Chamberlin] was here and it is always good to see him," Rigby said.
Chamberlin was in rare form Friday morning, talking with the Salvation Army's Sheila Gearaghty about why donuts came about in the first place. The answer? The Salvation Army created them to hand out to soldiers, or rather doughboys, during World War I.
"They found enough supplies to put together the first donut and fried them up in metal war helmets and fried them up over a fire so they could bring them to the troops as they were fighting for us," Geraghty explained.
In that spirit, Rigby was giving out free donuts to active duty servicemen and women, and veterans like Del Murphy and Tom Peterson.
"I am jacked. I love where I work. It is the sweetest place in the world. I am a lucky girl," Rigby said.
Rigby said she had a crew burning the midnight oil just so they could keep up with demand Friday morning.
"It has been crazy wild. Super crazy. Our bakers were in here at four o'clock baking all night they got done about three o'clock this morning," she said.
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