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Hamburg's annual BurgerFest canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 8:58 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 20:58:37-04

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Another summer festival in Western New York is canceled due to COVID-19.

Organizers of the annual BurgerFest in the Village of Hamburg announced the cancelation on Monday. The event was scheduled to be held in July 2020.

“Even though this is mid-April, our festival takes months to plan and it is hard to imagine going from our current self-quarantine state and the necessity of wearing masks to being with crowds of people partying together this summer,” said Eileen Hotho, BurgerFest co-chair.

“The four service clubs that coordinate BurgerFest depend on the proceeds to support local and international charitable and civic causes,” said Michele Hanley, “so reaching this decision was very difficult at this point, but it was the right thing to do.”

Organizers include the Rotary Club of Hamburg, the Rotary Club of Hamburg, Sunrise, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club of Hamburg.

Organizers say next year’s festival is scheduled for July 17, 2021.