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Prepare to be full - BurgerFest has arrived!

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Jul 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 09:53:14-04

The birthplace of the hamburger, hosts the 32nd annual BurgerFest celebration on Saturday.

The "BurgerFest on the 716" event runs until 11:30 pm, in the Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot at Main and Buffalo Streets in the Village of Hamburg.

Hamburg held its first BurgerFest back in 1985 to mark the 100th anniversary of the first hamburger, which was created at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in 1885. 

"Hamburg BurgerFest combines the talents and skills of members of the four service clubs of Hamburg," said 2016 BurgerFest chair Philip Durkin. "Hamburg Rotary, Sunrise Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis spend a solid year in planning and executing the one-day event. Our goal is make the festival a village-wide party in order to meet neighbors and friends in a relaxed safe environment."

Here is a rundown of The BurgerFest schedule:

  • Live bands on the Wegmans Main Stage: Terry Buchwald, noon to 2:30 p.m.; line dancing by Jillian, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; West of the Mark, Western New York's favorite country band, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; and Hit N Run, Buffalo's premiere party band, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
  • KeyBank Classic Car Show – noon to 4 p.m. along Main Street; awards to be presented in 42 classes of cars
  • A special "Magic on Main Street" performance by the Hamburg High School Jazz Ensemble from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Peace Park adjacent to the Municipal Parking Lot
  • Mike Margerum & the Nickel City Road Show, featuring hula hoops competitions and other contests for children – noon to 4 p.m., Main Street
  • Magic on Main Street, 5-7 p.m. – a showcase of the talents of local youth in dance, cheerleading and martial arts, including performances by Master Chong World Class Tae Kwon Do, The Future Dance Center, Dance Connection and The Pulse of WNY.
  • First Niagara Kids Space – arts, crafts, and inflatables for children
  • Local business owners and not-for profits – booths along Main Street from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Fine Arts and Crafts Show – paintings, crafts, and clothing along Buffalo Street from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Labatt beer tent adjacent to the Main Stage

BurgerFest activities are free; food tickets are 50 cents each.

All proceeds from BurgerFest benefit the local community. Since 2007, BurgerFest has raised approximately $185,000.