logoAKRON, Ohio (May 25, 2016) – In honor of National Hamburger Day this Saturday, The National Hamburger Festival is proud to announce its 11th season taking place at Lock 3 Park Aug. 13-14.

Nowhere else can you find more than 20 eateries serving up 50 different style of hamburgers in one location than in the hometown of the burger – Akron, Ohio. Drawing more than 20,000 festivalgoers, the event is again presented by the City of Akron and supports Akron Children’s Hospital.

“We’re back in 2016 with all the quirky antics, activities, entertainment and eateries that burger fans have come to love about The National Hamburger Festival,” Drew Cerza, festival founder, said. “And, this year, we’ve got some new surprises in the works, too.”

EVENT SCHEDULE
Event organizers have released the event schedule, which can be viewed here.

Much-anticipated event activities include perennial favorites like the Bobbing for Burgers Competition, the Miss Hamburger Festival pageant, the Ohio Hamburger Eating Competition and an Ohio craft beer tasting.

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE
Another major component to the annual festival are the numerous bands and musical artists who perform throughout the weekend. And, 2016’s live music schedule is sure to impress with a menagerie of blues, jazz and local singer/songwriters. View the full live music schedule here.

On Saturday night, the musical line-up will be highlighted by a performance by Fleetwood Mac Mania, A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac . The front line of Fleetwood Mac Mania—Jenn, Connie and Jeremy—captures the harmonies and chemistry of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham that made Fleetwood Mac one of the most successful bands of our time.

CORPORATE TICKET PACKAGES
Civic pride. Those are some common words people use when talking about the National Hamburger Festival. But organizers of the festival are taking that civic pride to a new level by offering the National Hamburger Festival Employee Appreciation Program for Northeast Ohio businesses.

As part of this unique package deal, companies can purchase bulk quantities of admission tickets for their employees, while seamlessly making a charitable donation. Specifically, $1 of every ticket sold through this program goes back to Akron Children’s Hospital, which is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in Northeast Ohio.

“What a great way to treat employees to some end-of-summer fun,” Cerza said. “On top of that, employees will not only see their companies supporting a beloved local event, but also making an investment in the community.”

Learn more here.

CALL FOR SPONSORS
For companies looking for a unique way to get in front of 20,000 Northeast Ohioans, as well as to be apart of a festival that’s received national recognition from everyone from The Food Network to CNN, the National Hamburger Festival is seeking sponsors for its 2016 event.

“We maintain a lean operations team, which allows us the power to provide sponsors with a wealth of interesting and effective ways to reach our audience,” Cerza said. “We have sponsorships starting as low as $750, making it a cost-effective line item within your marketing budget.”

Learn more here.

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THE HAMBURGER’S HOMETOWN
Legend has it that it was two brothers from Akron, Ohio who created the hamburger back in 1885. On the final day of the New York State Fair in Hamburg, NY, Akron natives Frank and Charles Menches ran out of pork for the sandwiches they were vending from their concession booth. Thankfully, the pair found some ground beef, as well as a myriad of other ingredients, to create one of America’s most iconic foods – the hamburger.

MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about the National Hamburger Festival, follow along at @HamburgerFest and www.facebook.com/NationalHamburgerFestival.