The festival whose name evokes the town that hosts it, as well as one of America’s favorite foods, will be held July 20 this year.
Burgerfest will feature live music from noon to 11:30 p.m. along Main and Buffalo streets and in the municipal parking lot in Hamburg.
Headliners on the main stage will include Hit ’N Run at 7:30 p.m. They’ll be preceded by Half a Heard, noon to 2 p.m.; Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Yvonne Schmidt, 5 to 7 p.m.
Main Street entertainment will include Rock ’n’ Roll to the Rescue at the classic car show and Mike Margerum with the Nickel City Road Show.
The “burger, buns and beds” parade will take place on Main Street at 4:45 p.m. following the car show, and the band 23 Skidoo will stroll on Main and Buffalo streets.
The one-day festival also includes the Taste of Hamburg, with offerings from about 20 local restaurants. Other attractions include children’s activities and rides, an arts and crafts show and sale along Buffalo Street, beer tent and the burger-eating contest at 3 p.m. on Main Street.
Burgerfest commemorates the birthplace of the hamburger in 1885 at the Erie County Fair at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. The sandwich was created by Frank and Charles Menches, Ohio vendors who traveled the fair circuit with their creations. Legend has it that the Menches brothers ran out of their usual pork sausage that day and turned to ground beef as a substitute. They spontaneously named the newfound creation in honor of the host fairgrounds when a satisfied customer wanted to know what the tasty new food was called. Descendants of the Menches brothers have traveled to Hamburg to participate in several Burgerfests over the years.
The annual festival is hosted by the Rotary Club of Hamburg, the Hamburg Rotary Sunrise Club, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and the Hamburg Kiwanis Club.