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Burger Fest celebrates 25th anniversary


SEYMOUR, WI (WTAQ) - The 25th annual Burger Fest will be served up this weekend in Seymour.

John Steltz, who portrays Hamburger Charlie, says the two-day event brings burger enthusiasts from all over.

"We had the opportunity to meet people last year from Tennessee, Arizona and Iowa," says Steltz. "So they're coming from all over the country to spend time here at the home of the hamburger."

The first bite is Friday night at Rockledge Elementary School, 330 West Hickory Street, with a hot air balloon rally and balloon glow. It begins at 4 p.m., with burgers and other food being offered.

Then on Saturday, Burger Fest begins at 8 a.m. with a 5K Bun Run and a kid's run at 10:45 a.m. one block south of the entrance to the festival grounds on Main Street.

“We look forward to this time of year when burger lovers, family and friends unite in Seymour,” said Jim Campbell, president of the Home of the Hamburger board. “From hamburgers and ketchup to hot air balloons and competitions, there truly is something for all ages.”

All events are in downtown Seymour with hot air balloon rallies at Rockledge Elementary School. Admission buttons are available at many Seymour businesses, for $3 in advance and $5 at the gate; children 12 years old and under are free.

There is a $2 parking fee for school and Rock Ledge Park grounds. There is no admission cost for hot air balloon rally events.

According to a news release: 

Events on Saturday, August 10, 2013 will take place on Depot Street in downtown Seymour.  Activities include:* 8 a.m. - Get your “buns” to Lake Park for the 5K Bun Run. Kid's race will start at 10:45 a.m. one block south of the entrance to the festival grounds on Main Street.* 8 a.m. - Car lovers, can peruse the antique car show.* Listen and dance to live music throughout the day by KNX Party Band (9 a.m. at Chase Bank), No Schtick (Noon - 3 p.m. under the tent) and Boogie & the Yo-Yoz (5 - 9 p.m. under the tent).* 11 a.m. - Save your spot for the World’s Largest Hamburger Parade including local bands and the Seymour Lion’s Club annual 100-mile motorcycle charity ride.* Beginning at 12:30 p.m. children’s activities including a bouncy house, big wheel race, magic show and much more will take place throughout the afternoon.* 1 p.m. - Get your fill at the Hardee’s® ThickBurger® Eating Contest.* 1 p.m. - Watch as Troy Landwehr carves a masterpiece out of cheese.* 1:30 p.m. - Watch local contestants go head-to-head in the Burger Press Strength Competition.* 3 p.m. - A giant 190 lb. cheeseburger will be grilled and served to Burger Fest guests on a first come, first served basis. Monetary donations will go to the Seymour Food Pantry.* 4:30 p.m. - Always a crowd favorite, the Ketchup Slide Competition.* The Wisconsin Kiters Club will be flying kites throughout the day at Seymour’s Rockledge Elementary School.* 25 hot air balloons will fill the sky at approximately 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings with a balloon glow to follow. Hot air balloons will also ascend at approximately 6 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday mornings. All flights weather permitting.* The Model Railroad Display and Seymour Community Museum will be open throughout the day.


More information can be found here.