Don't Miss the 2014
Annual Hamburger Festival!

Reflections of Hamburger Charlie
Saturday, August 9, 2014

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A Quarter Century of Quarter-Pound Burgers!

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The State of Wisconsin
2007 Assembly Joint Resolution

Relating to: Seymour, Wisconsin, as the home of the hamburger,
Whereas, Seymour, Wisconsin, is the right home of the hamburger; and,
Whereas, other accounts of the origination of the hamburger trace back only so far as the late 1880s, while Seymour’s claim can be traced to 1885; and,

Whereas, Charles Nagreen, also known as Hamburger Charlie, of Seymour, Wisconsin, began calling ground beef patties in a bun “hamburgers” in 1885; and,
Whereas, Hamburger Charlie first sold his world-famous hamburgers at age 15 at the first Seymour Fair in 1885, and later at the Brown and Outagamie county fairs; and,
Whereas, Hamburger Charlie employed as many as eight people at his famous hamburger tent, selling 150 pounds of hamburgers on some days; and,
Whereas, the hamburger has since become an American classic, enjoyed by families and backyard grills alike; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the Wisconsin legislature declare Seymour, Wisconsin, the Original Home of the Hamburger.

 State Capitol
Madison, Wisconsin
May 9, 2007
(click here for Wisconsin Legislature Official Document)


The theme for this year's Burger Fest is "Reflections of Hamburger Charlie"
  • Buttons (cost of admission) are $3 in advance and $5 at the gate
  • Buttons are available from Seymour merchants.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
4:00 - 9:00 PM

Hot Air Balloon Rally at the Rock Ledge School grounds. Hardees Kids' Events, food served until 9:00 PM.

6:00 PM
Hot Air Balloon Ascension at the Rock Ledge School grounds featuring many balloons ascending over the city. Click here for balloon parking.

8:00 PM
Hot Air Balloon Glow (at Dusk)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014
6:00 AM
Hot Air Balloon Ascension at the Rock Ledge School grounds featuring many balloons ascending over the city. Click here for balloon parking.

8:00 AM
Burger Fest Car Show- Located on Depot Street. Sponsored by Neshek's Auto Body of Seymour. Poster and registration form coming soon. Registration from 8-10:30 AM. Awards at 12 noon. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places. Dash Plaques to the first 20 entries.

8:00 AM
Bun Run at Lake Park. Bun Run Entry Form coming soon. Click Bun Run Map for the route. Entries in the little kids run will meet at 10:15 at the entrance to the festival grounds on South Main Street.

9:00 AM
KNX Party Band will be playing at Chase Bank until 11:00 AM.

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kite Flying on the Rock Ledge School grounds. Click here for balloon parking.

10:45 AM
Kids Bun Run
Starts at South Main Street and Factory Street.

11:00 AM
World’s Largest Hamburger Parade starts on South Main Street. Click here for Parade Route. 2014 Parade Registration Form coming soon. Parade led by Seymour Lion's Club Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride. 2014 Ride Registration/Pledge Sheet coming soon. Contact Greg Marnocha at 920.833.6236 for more information.

Noon - 9:00 PM
BURGER FEST 2014 on the festival grounds. Lots of great food!

Noon - 3:00 PM
Music by "No Schtick" under the tent.

Pulaski Band and Seymour Band perform on the festival grounds until 3:00 PM starting right after the parade.

12:30 - 5:00 PM
Kids games. (Enter on the grounds)

  • Free Bouncy Houses.
  • Big Wheel Race at 12:30 .
  • Magician on the grounds and Cracker Barrel Magic Show.

1:00 PM
Hardees Thick Burger Eating Contest.
Enter on the grounds. Look for bleachers and flat top trailer.

3:00 PM
Serving the "GIANT CHEESEBURGER" (190 lb).

4:30 PM
Ketchup Slide.

5:00 - 9:00 PM
Boogie & the Yo-Yoz under the tent.

Food Served at the Balloon Rally on the Rock Ledge School grounds. Click here for balloon parking.

6:00 - 9:00 PM
Hot Air Balloon Ascension at the Rock Ledge School grounds featuring many balloons ascending over the city. Click here for balloon parking.

8:00 PM
Balloon Glow (at dusk).

OTHER EVENTS...

  • A car show will take place adjacent to the grounds on Depot Street.
  • The Seymour Community Museum featuring hamburger memorabilia will be open from noon to 5:00 PM on Saturday.
  • The Railroad Museum will be open from noon to 5:00 PM on Saturday.
  • Entry to the festival grounds includes access to the museum and model railroad display.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014
6:00 AM
Hot Air Balloon Ascension at the Rock Ledge School grounds featuring many balloons ascending over the city. Click here for balloon parking.

Keep these facts in mind when in Seymour for the Burger Fest:
  • No pets allowed on the grounds. No carry ins. No coolers allowed.
  • All events weather permitting and subject to change without notice. Check back to this website for the most up to date info.
  • There is no charge for the balloon ascensions on Friday or Saturday. There is "no fee" for parking at Rock Ledge School and at Rock Ledge Park.
  • The balloons will be launched providing the weather is appropriate.
  • All balloon launchings take place on the Rock Ledge School grounds located in southern Seymour just north of Highway 54.
  • Plenty of food is available on the Rock Ledge School and downtown Seymour festival grounds.
  • Admission to the downtown Burger Fest area requires a button. These may be purchased from Seymour area merchants for $3 in advance and $5 at the gate.
  • This event takes place utilizing all volunteer help. All proceeds go toward scholarships and community projects.
  • Abundant lodging is available in Green Bay (15 miles) and the Fox Cities (15 miles). The closest facilities include:
  • Super 8 Airport/Stadium - 2868 S Oneida St, Green Bay, 920-494-2042
    http://www.the.super8.com/
  • AmericInn Lodges and Suites set conveniently near Hwy 41.
    http://www.americinn.com
  • Wingate Inn - 2065 Airport Drive, Green Bay 920-617-2000
    Wingate Inn website
  • Radisson Hotel - 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay 800-333-3333
    Radisson Hotel website
  • Settle Inn - 2620 S. Packerland Drive, Green Bay 920 499-1900
    Settle Inn website
  • For families staying in the area additional things to do may be found on these websites:
    http://www.titletown.org/
    http://www.foxcitieschamber.com/
  • If you need any additional information contact “Hamburger Charlie” at: charlie@homeofthehamburger.com