Hillary Clinton doll in coffin turns heads

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 17:22:27-04

Leslee Chilcott went to BurgerFest in Hamburg over the weekend to find a different atmosphere than in years past.

"It just wasn't the BurgerFest that I remembered," said Chilcott.

She was at the festival with her four children watching the car show. When her family saw a car display with a doll representing Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in a coffin she said she knew it was time to leave.

"That was the last straw for us I was done at that point and we just went home," said Chilcott.

If that was the last straw, what was the first?

"There was a booth with a Confederate flag draped over the front," said Chilcott.

While walking through the festival Chilcott said most of the vendors seemed to be from out of town but the chairman for the festival said that wasn't the case. 

"Most of the vendors I would say are local from the Erie County area," said Philip Durkin the chairman for BurgerFest.

On Saturday BugerFest celebrated 32 years. The classic car show is part of the festival which is organized by the Hamburg Rotary Club.

"It wasn't something we even realized happened until after the event was over," said Durkin.

Chicott's 6-year-old son certainly noticed.

"He said, 'Mom why is that lady inside that coffin?'" said Chilcott. "I said well some people really don't like other people to the point that they wished they were dead."

After Durkin saw the display he said he was "disappointed" and changes will be coming.

"We will have new rules in place as far as the car show and what type of presentations are allowed," said Durkin.

The BurgerFest committee and the rotary club plan on meeting to draft new guidelines for the car show.