It may not be cheeseburgers in paradise but there will be lots and lots of hamburgers in Akron at their 8th annual National Hamburger Festival being held on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. So if you are a Cleveland burger enthusiast, you don't want to miss this salute to the All- American hamburger, especially since Akron is only 30 miles from Cleveland (approximately a 40 minute drive).
National Hamburger Festival Over 20 area restaurants will be represented and will be competing at the 2-day family-friendly event that consists of one of the largest assortment of hamburgers ever assembled in one place.
Visitors will be able to sample and purchase a multitude of various versions of burgers for their palate's pleasure. Among the restaurants participating in the Hamburger Festival are Max & Erma's, Eat 'n Park, Menches Brothers, White Castle, the Midway OH Boy and the Steel Trolley Diner.
Burger-related activities include a Restaurant Burger Cook-Off, a Baby Burger competition, a Hamburger Eating contest and a Fire & Vice Hamburger Throw Down featuring Akron Police members and Akron Firefighters.
One event that you won't want to miss is the "Bobbing for Burgers" contest where participants try to pluck as many hamburgers as they can (with their mouths only) from a baby pool filled with ketchup in 3 minutes. The contest takes place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Other activities include a Queen's pageant, Yancey's Fancy Cheesiest Couple contest and the Dennis George Variety Show. Children's activities include a coloring contest, a water balloon toss and a hula hoop contest.
There will be lots of free musical entertainment including performances by Separate Ways The Band - the Ultimate Tribute to the music of Journey, singer John Mosey, Zach & the Bright Lights, the Grady/Miller Duo and The Low Country.
Hours for the National Hamburger Festival are noon - 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon - 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per day. Children under 48 inches are free. Tickets can be purchased at the Lock 3 gate both days. The Festival raises money each year for the Akron's Children's Hospital.
For more information on the National Hamburger Festival call 330-375-2877 or get online at www.hamburgerfestival.com.
Lock 3 Park is located at 200 S. Main Street in Akron, Ohio. It is approximately a 40 minute drive from Akron.