The Wiregrass Celebrates National Donut Day

Dothan, AL - It's National Donut Day's 75th anniversary, and many Wiregrass residents took part, guilt free.

“I'm a diabetic, but I've got to have one every once in a while,” said Gerald Tice, Dothan.

While you may think big pastry players like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts dreamt up the holiday, but dates back to the 30's. During World War 1 the Salvation Army would pass out donuts to soldiers.

Garland Loyless has been frying up donuts for decades, and he says a lot has changed.

He said, “When we started making them we delivered them mostly. We just made a plain donut mostly. You could sell them for a nickel a piece in 1960.”

Now it will cost you 95 cents for a donut from his shop in Cowarts, and most places offer more than the traditional glazed.

Both Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts passed out the treats for free Friday.

Whether you prefer cream-filled, glazed, jelly or chocolate varieties, the donut is something near and dear to so many of us.

“A donut shop in Pittsburg made these wonderful honey buns,” said Gary Cecil, Panama City.

Ann Rocco said, “I'm from New York City. What I remember most are the greasy fried donuts stuffed with jelly rolled in real sugar. The grease would run down your hands. I'm not even sure they make them anymore!”

Many people are happy to see the local donut shop still cranking out these pastries. Loyless shares the secret to his success.

“I still mix mine by hand,” said Loyless.

He said he’ll keep making donuts until he can’t. Hopefully that day is a long way off.

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