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National Doughnut Day 2016: Get a free treat at Rise'n Roll, Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme

It’s hard to say no to a doughnut, let alone one that’s being offered for free.

National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 3, and you can get yourself one of the tasty treats at several doughnut shops in the area.

Fans of Rise’n Roll will be able to get their fix with a free cinnamon caramel doughnut on Friday. The Mishawaka (3915 Grape Road) and Fort Wayne (5129 Illinois Road) locations will have doughnuts to give away to the first 1,500 customers, while the Nappanee location (70509 S.R. 19) will have 1,000, said Christina Ryan, retail brand manager for Rise’n Roll.

The Middlebury location (1065 N. 1150 W.) will plan to give out 1,500 doughnuts, but will be able to produce more to pass out if needed since the production facility is onsite. The Middlebury store will also host a blind taste test of their strawberry rhubarb pies and fried pies on Friday, and customers will be able to vote on which taste they like best.

According to Ryan, each location will also have a drawing for customers to enter in order to be able to win a free dozen doughnuts each month for a year. Winners will be announced via social media.

All day long, at participating restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will be offering a free doughnut to any customer who purchases a beverage (excluding Fancies, Squares and Croissants), according to a press release.

The Goshen location (906 W. Pike St.) the Elkhart location (335 C.R. 6) and the South Bend location at 52931 S.R. 933, Ste. 400, are all participating, the restaurants confirmed. The other South Bend location at 4336 S. Michigan St. couldn’t be reached for confirmation, but will likely participate as well.

Doughnut fans will also be able to share their love of the dessert with a special Snapchat filter on Friday.

All Krispy Kreme locations will also participate, according to their website. Customers may come in and get any free doughnut of their choosing, with no purchase necessary. Except in Connecticut. Sorry, Connecticut.

According to the release from Krispy Kreme, National Doughnut Day was created in 1938 by the Salvation Army as a way to pay respect to the Salvation Army’s Doughnut Lassies, women who served doughnuts to soldiers during the First World War. The day is celebrated each year on the first Friday of June.

Red Salvation Army kettles will also be placed at registers in Krispy Kreme locations, and all donations will benefit local communities.

Follow editor Joe Kuharic on Twitter @JoeKuharic and on Instagram @skippyjoe27.

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