CINCINNATI -- National Doughnut Day comes but once a year, unless you celebrate privately on a daily basis like many of us at 9 On Your Side.
Come out to Fountain Square at noon Friday to see 9 On Your Side anchors Ryan Houston and Craig McKee represent us in their quest to be named 2017's Grand Champion Doughnut Handler at the Salvation Army's annual celebration.
Participating bakeries will serve free doughnuts and the Salvation Army will provide free beverages while supplies last at the event from noon until 2 p.m Friday.
If you can't get Downtown, Dunkin Donuts will give you a free doughnut with any coffee or cold beverage purchase.
Krispy Kreme will give each customer one free glazed doughnut, no purchase required. This is at Krispy Kreme stores only (Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township), so don't try to grab one off the supermarket shelf and eat it.
Busken Bakery (Ohio) will have free glazed doughnuts in the morning while supplies last.
The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 to help those in need during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “Donut Lassies” who served pastries to soldiers during World War I.
You'll find the following shops handing out pastries at the Fountain Square event: Busken Bakery, Graeter's, Bonnie Lynn Bakery, Bonomini Bakery, Holtman's Donut Shop, Harrison Home Bakery, Jansen's Sweet Sinsations, Jupiter Coffee and Donuts, Bakery Hill, Marcella's Donuts & Bakery, North College Hill Bakery, Regina Bakery, Schmidt's Bakery, Servatii Pastry Shop and the Wyoming Pastry Shop.
The Salvation Army will have Red Kettles on hand to collect funds. Ninety cents of every dollar donated to the local Salvation Army goes directly to the programs and services offered to people in our Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods.