2013 Contest Winners!
| September 5th, 2013
Congratulations to all & thanks for participating!
BURGER STAND CONTESTS
People’s Choice Award
1st Deitsch Eck Lenhartsville, PA
2nd Smokey Bear BBQ Hamburg, PA
3rd First United Church of Christ Hamburg, PA
4th Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson Orwigsburg, PA
Organization Best Burger
OVERALL Best Burger: Christ Evangelical Free Church Bethel, PA
Appearance: Boy Scout Troop 184 Hamburg, PA
Taste: HAHS Student Council Hamburg, PA
Originality: Christ Evangelical Free Church Bethel, PA
Best Value: Christ Evangelical Free Church Bethel, PA
Restaurant Best Burger
OVERALL Best Burger Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels Hamburg, PA
Appearance: Spuds Kutztown, PA
Taste: Kooper’s Chowhound Baltimore, MD
Originality: Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels Hamburg, PA
Best Value: Weis Markets Hamburg, PA
Best Themed Stand
1st Place Spuds Kutztown, PA
2nd place Fluffi Stuff Gourmet Cotton Candy Thurment, MD
3rd place Hamburg Lions Club Hamburg, PA
BURGER EATING CONTESTS
National Hamburger Eating Competition
1st 11 1/2 burgers, Jamie McDonald, Grandby, CT
2nd 9 burgers, Dave Brunelli, Philadelphia, PA
3rd 8 1/2 burgers, Dave Algenio, Queens, NY
4th 8 1/3 burgers, Michael Lango, Dumfries, VA
5th 7 burgers, Dimitri Shchupack, Langhorne, PA
Amateur Hamburger Eating Contest
1st place team: Hamburger Rednecks
Joel Hower Coplay, PA
Gene Oxenford Boyertown, PA
Dean Correll Hamburg, PA
2nd place team: The Hungry Hunks
Jason Witmer Hamburg, PA
Brody Witmer Temple, PA
Shaun Gorman Hamburg, PA
3rd place team: Goon Squad 2.0
Jeffrey Kistler Limekiln, PA
Nathan Smith Hamburg, PA
Curtis Kelly Reading, PA
Dine & Dash Race
1st place overall man: Austin Strohl Mohrsville, PA
1st place overall woman: Amy Delozier Palmyra, PA
1st place Walt Gunning, AGE 71, Bethel, PA
2nd place Sean Peppiatt, AGE 8 Shoemakersville, PA
3rd place Al Barnhart, AGE 51 Macadoo, PA
1st – ages 2-4 Anna Luckenbill, AGE 4 Seltzer, PA
2nd – ages 2-4 Ogden Rahn, AGE 4 Hamburg, PA
3rd – ages 2-4 Connor Savitsky, AGE 3 Frackville, PA
1st – ages 5-7 Katie Wank, AGE 7 Pottsville, PA
2nd – ages 5-7 Kaitlyn Menge, AGE 6 Hamburg, PA
3rd – ages 5-7 Kenzie Alexander, AGE 5 Hamburg, PA
1st – ages 8-10 Clarissa Dimivitz, AGE 8 Hamburg, PA
2nd – ages 8-10 Olivia Theisen, AGE 10 Allentown, PA
3rd – ages 8-10 Quentin Snyder, AGE 10 Hamburg, PA
1st – ages 11 + McKenzie Greenawalt, AGE 13 New Tripoli, PA
2nd – ages 11 + Katlyn Greenawalt, AGE 13 New Tripoli, PA
3rd – ages 11 + Justin Wanamaker, AGE 17 Hamburg, PA
What’s it All About?
| August 26th, 2013
Festivals are full of food, fun, and lots of entertainment. But what’s the purpose of a festival? The Taste of Hamburg-er Festival is hosted and organized annually by the Our Town Foundation, Hamburg’s Community Revitalization Corporation, a 501-C3 organization. The festival is run every year as a way to fulfill our mission “to preserve and revitalize downtown Historic Hamburg for our families and future generations to enjoy”.
We know that the local residents consider this event to be an annual homecoming, bringing friends and families together. In addition, the festival’s existence brings revenue into downtown businesses, helping to keep our mom and pop shops open and thriving. Many business owners in the downtown area rave that this festival day is annually their best day of sales for the year. Numerous non-profit organizations participate on an annual basis by providing activities for the festival guests, or by selling burgers, cotton candy, drinks and other foods as a fundraiser so they can continue to support our community year after year.
Our Town Foundation is proud to present a family fun festival that offers free admission and is affordable for all to attend, but to do this we rely on sponsorships and donations from businesses and residents. Donations are absolutely necessary to cover the annual expenses of the festival which average around $30,000 a year. If you enjoy attending our festival, please consider placing a few dollars or your loose change into our festival donation buckets ALL DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Donation Bucket locations:
-the Hospitality Tent at 335 State Street
-the People’s Choice Award Voting Booths located at the corner of 4th & Pine Streets and 3rd & State Streets
More than anything, we thank you for attending our festival, enjoying the delicious burgers and food, and patronizing our local businesses. We hope you’ll return year after year to our festival and to our town.
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Taste of Hamburg-er Festival
| August 23rd, 2013
Where else can you find a large assortment of ridiculous hamburger merchandise but the Taste of Hamburger Festival? We’ve loaded our merchandise tables with crazy, new items that pay homage to the hamburger. Check out our new hamburger socks, comfy hamburger pillows, and even hamburger dog toys for our canine friends. The table will also stock our classic merchandise with Taste of Hamburg-er Festival t-shirts, hats, and visors. The crowd favorite, our huge hamburger hats, will also be available as supplies last.
Be sure to stop by the beer & wine garden located at 4th & Pine Streets for a new mug deal you won’t want to miss. Purchase a stainless steel 10th anniversary commemorative mug for $15, which comes filled with your first tasting of 32 ounces of the beer of your choice.
Plus, don’t forget about our limited edition 10th Anniversary Hamburg-er Festival T-shirts with our special Hamburger-festival seal. The seal incorporates Hamburg’s Pennsylvania Dutch heritage with our festival that honors the hamburger. There will be no reprints, so get your 10th Anniversary shirt, available in grey or maroon, while you can!
Merchandise stands are located on the 300-block of State Street and in the Beer & Wine Garden located at the 4th & Pine Municipal Lot.
For more pictures of merchandise, check out our Facebook photo album. And we’ll your there, please “Like Us”!
New Amateur Eating Competition: Burger Battle
| August 22nd, 2013
The festival is not only home to the National Burger Eating Competition sponsored by Red Robin, it also hosts the annual amateur competition sponsored by Cabela’s.
This year, the contest has been renamed the “Burger Battle”, and transformed into a team burger eating contest for more burger eating and more competition than ever before! Ten teams of three will be given a pile of ten fully loaded Red Robin burgers to chow down as fast as possible. The first team to devour all ten burgers will be named the winning squad.
And believe us, it’s worth it to win. Besides carrying the title of 2013 Burger Battle Champions, the 1st place team will receive $300 cash and three victory medals. The 2nd place team will receive $150 and medals, and the 3rd place team will receive $75 cash and medals. Click here for the application form to enter your team! So far 4 teams have entered so there are just 6 slots left so apply today!
You won’t want to miss it! Join us at 3 pm at the Red Robin and Cigars International Square, located in the rear of the Burkey and Driscoll Funeral Home parking lot at 38 South 4th Street. You’ll be sure to witness an all-out beef brawl. See you there!
Hamburg-er Festival Contest
| August 6th, 2013
It’s contest time! Want to win $50 in Hamburg Bucks? Take the Hamburg-er Festival quiz, hosted by the Pottsville Republican! There will be 2 winners. Click the link below to enter. Good luck!
New this year: 4th Entertainment stage added!
| July 31st, 2013
We are exactly one month away from our annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival! It’s time for some festival updates!
2012′s festival showcased 3 stages of non-stop entertainment, but for 2013 we decided to step it up a notch. The “Skillet” stage will premiere this August 31st with a brand new acoustic street stage for our finest single and duo performers. The stage will be located on the edge of South 3rd Street within the festival grounds. Here are the details:
|Chris Tray/Joe Wydra
||10:05 – 11:05
||11:20 – 12:20
||Honky Tonk/Country/Light Rock
||12:30 – 1:30
||Texas Country, Americana
||1:45 – 2:45
||2:45 – 3:45
Don’t miss a beat of entertainment, check out the complete entertainment schedule here.
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2013 Date Announced!
| October 25th, 2012
Here at the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival headquarters in Hamburg, PA, we are busy planning YEAR-ROUND for our annual festival. Be sure to mark your calendars because the 2013 festival is already scheduled for Labor Day Saturday, August 31st!
We’ve got to start planning early to satisfy the crowds. We estimate our 2012 festival had over 30,000 burger-lovers in attendance. Next year will be the festival’s 10-year anniversary so it will be sure to be even bigger and better. Save the date, see ya then!
2012 Hamburg-er Festival Photos are up!
| September 14th, 2012
We hope you had a great time at our festival. Here’s some photos to help you RELISH the experience. All photos taken by Kahuna Photography & Neven Dries.
For more A LOT more photos, visit our Facebook photo gallery.
Hamburg-er Festival Contest winners!
| September 4th, 2012
Each year, we have contests suitable for the young and old, and now it’s time to extend our congratulations to this year’s champions!
People’s Choice Award
1st place: Deitsch Eck
2nd place: 1st United Church of Christ, Hamburg
3rd place: Spuds
4th place: Smokey Bear BBQ
Best Burger (Restaurants)
OVERALL: Red Robin
Appearance: Kooper’s Chowhound
Taste: Smokey Bear BBQ
Originality: Deitsch Eck
Best Value: Red Robin
Best Burger (Organizations)
OVERALL: Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson
Appearance: 1st United Church of Church, Hamburg
Taste: Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson
Originality: Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson
Best Value: Boy Scout Troop #184
HAMBURGER EATING COMPETITIONS
1st place: Jamie “Bear” McDonald
2nd place: David ”Tiger Wings & Things” Brunelli
3rd place: Stephanie “Xanadu” Torres
1st place: Stephen “Barracuda” Hillegass
2nd place: Nick “Pinky” Damico
3rd place: Lewis “No Bull” Wagner
Chili Cook-off (Restaurants/Organizations)
1st place: Hamburg Lion’s Club
2nd place: Inn at Orwigsburg
3rd place: American House
Chili Cook-off (Residents)
1st place: Harold Guinther
2nd place: Paul Theisen
3rd place: Michelle Rinker
Best Themed Stand
1st place: T & C Concessions
2nd place: 1st United Church of Christ, Hamburg
3rd place: Hamburg Lion’s Club
Dine & Dash Race
1st place (male) overall: Austin Stronl
1st place (female) overall:Tricia Cramer
1st place Ryan Stettner
2nd place Ava Puleo
3rd place Mark Troyer
Who Traveled the Furthest?
WINNER Richard Sheperd from England
1st place: Griffin Jones
2nd place: Taylor Lisa
3rd place: Riley Bray
1st place: Kamryn Smith
2nd place: Bailey Underkofler
3rd place: Emmanuel Rojeu
1st place: Hailey Lagvidara
2nd place: Olivia Theisen
3rd place: Kailey Miccicke
Ages 11 +
1st place: McKenzie Greenawalt
2nd place: Katelyn Greenawalt
3rd place: Karen Raugh
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!!!
We’ve got the beef at the Hamburg-er Festival!
| August 29th, 2012
Okay, so we like to throw a little humor into things, but when it comes to the beef: we’re pretty serious. In fact, 30 different burger stands will be at the Taste of Hamburg-er Festival this Saturday, with 144 vendors total.
Be sure to cast you vote for the People’s Choice Awards, helping us choose the best burger as selected by event attendees. You can rate as many burgers as you like on your ballot, though we’re not sure how many you can fit in your belly in one day! One thing’s for sure, we’ll have PLENTY of choices available. Visit our “features” tab and click on “burger stands” for a sneak preview of the available burger menus. You won’t find a better selection anywhere.
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