For more information: Eileen Hotho, Burgerfest Coordinator at 648-4167
Burgerfest July 20 in Hamburg, Rotary drawing benefits Hamburg Counseling Center
The Village of Hamburg will mark the 128th birthday of the hamburger at Burger Fest on Saturday, July 20 from noon to 11:30 p.m. Located along Main and Buffalo Streets (Rte. 62) and in the Municipal Parking Lot, the festival offers something for people of all ages and interests. Distinctive food offerings will be found at The Taste of Hamburg which showcases samples of the best offerings of about 25 local restaurants.
The one-day festival includes live music (headliners on the Hamburg Casino Main Stage are Hit N Run, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.) in three locations throughout the day, children’s activities and inflatable rides at First Niagara Bank Kids Space; an arts and crafts show and sale, the KeyBank Car Show, the Lake Shore Savings Bank Burgers, Buns & Beds Parade, the Labatt beer tent and the Uncle Joe’s Hamburger-eating contest. Live music begins at noon with Heard of Buffalo; Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields at 2:30 and Yvonne Schmidt at 5. Rock ‘n Roll to the Rescue and Nickel City Road Show entertain on Main Street from noon to 4 p.m. during the Classic Car Show hosted by the Rotary Club of Hamburg. 23 Skidoo strolls on Main and Buffalo Streets and an Arts & Crafts Show and merchants and not-for-profits will have booths on both streets from noon to 7 p.m. The Car Show has 27 classes, including Corvettes to ’67 and Chevy to ’57, Best Car from Hamburg and Best Specialty Vehicle. Call Tom at 627-4411 for more information. Registration on the day of the show is $15, $12 if pre-registered. Enter onto Main Street from the Center Street side.
An exciting new feature this year is the drawing for six concert tickets for the Rascal Flatts concert scheduled for September 7 at Darien Lake. Tickets will be sold at the site of the KeyBank Car Show until 4 p.m. and at the Ticket Tent thereafter. The drawing will be held at 10:30 that night and be announced from the Hamburg Casino Main Stage.
The festival celebrates Hamburg, N.Y. as the true birthplace of America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger, at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in 1885. The annual festival is hosted on the third Saturday of July by the Rotary Club of Hamburg, the Hamburg Rotary Sunrise Club, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and the Hamburg Kiwanis Club. Hamburg held its first Burger Fest in 1985 to mark the100th anniversary of the birth of the hamburger after organizers discovered a history book detailing the burger’s origins. Frank and Charles Menches, food vendors who traveled the world’s fair circuit, and who have been credited with also creating Cracker Jacks and ice cream cones, concocted the all-American burger. Legend has it that the Menches brothers ran out of their usual pork sausage that hot, fateful day at the fair and turned to local butchers to replenish their supplies. When no pork was available, a butcher suggested ground beef. The Menches brothers purchased the beef, but added secret ingredients, including coffee grounds to create a unique flavor. The hamburger was born! For a schedule of events, vendor registration forms and other information about Burger Fest, please visit our website at www.hamburgburgerfest.com. Additional sponsors are Waste Management, West Herr, Great Harvest Bread Co. and Community Redemption Center.