Hamburg serves up tasty burgers at fest
The American House Hotel is on the corner of the area in which streets were blocked for the ninth annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival in downtown Hamburg, Berks County.
Christopher Madarn was outside the hotel making a number of different hamburgers at the Sept. 1 celebration.
The favorite among festival-goers was Madarn's chipotle bacon burger.
The burger fest featured 30 hamburger stands, children's activities, musical entertainment and even a chili cook-off.
Charlie Sonday, volunteer for the Our Town Foundation, said there was more participation this year with more visitors and more vendors.
There also were yard sales along the streets leading to the closed area and fundraisers for a multitude of activities.
Salem Berne United Methodist Church members were selling fanciful fly swatters and peach butter that Linda Seyler made in her crockpot.
The fundraiser was for the church's mission projects.
There was music at several sites, and stores along the festival area were having sidewalk sales.
Kevin Klein and Ken Arndt heated waffles for ice cream sandwiches. They represented St. John's Lutheran Church of Hamburg.
The ice cream and Dinah Tuffuor's batter-dipped and fried Oreos for the Christ Foundation Academy were only a few of the items to eat in addition to the many different hamburgers.
Hamburg First United Church of Christ had a contest between the Phillie hamburger and the Pittsburgh variety in a Battle of the Burgers, which were counted as they were paid for.
At 3:15 p.m. Clayton John said the Pittsburger had a commanding lead.
"We thought we'd do a little thing to see what's most popular," John said. "We keep a record as they are purchased."
The Phillies Hamburger used Cheese Whiz and onions on the burger with a side of fries. The Pittsburger featured provolone cheese, cole slaw and french fries on top of the burger.
There were ballot boxes for people to vote for the People's Choice award.
The Lil Nutzy Men offered a long menu including hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pretzels, pierogies, funnel cake and taco in a bag.
Kelly Takes a Stand was begun last year as Kelly's graduation project.
The fundraiser supports CureSearch for Children's Cancer, one of two cancer fundraisers. The second one was CureStar.
The Inn of Orwigsburg had the longest line waiting for its food.
Kathy Kenworth of Oreville has 30 alpacas at home. She demonstrated spinning alpaca fiber and offered some of the many products made with the spun thread. Two of her alpacas attended the hamburger fest.
The Absolute Cheesesteak and More had a fixings bar so people could choose their toppings.
Spuds of Kutztown bragged that the 2011 judges' pick was for their Western Burger made with onion rings. However, that burger was not offered at this year's event.