Editor’s Note: This story has been update to reflect the correct details about the scavenger hunt.
SEYMOUR, Wis. (WFRV) – While many events are being canceled or postponed this year due to coronavirus, the 32nd year of Burger Fest in the Home of the Hamburger will go on with some modifications.
According to a release, the Home of the Hamburger Board is making changes to the event, keeping the health and safety of the community in mind.
The Seymour event will not see the Hot Air Balloon Rally, which has been postponed until 2021. A modified Burger Fest will be held on August 8, 2020.
“Based on guidance from Outagamie County and discussions with city, school, police, fire, and EMS officials and volunteer groups, we decided that a modified event and postponing the hot air balloon rally is the best way to ensure safety,” explains Donnie Planert Jr., Home of the Hamburger Board
President. “The safety of our guests will always be the number one priority.”
Burger Fest 2020 will still have its parade, starting at 11 a.m., to commemorate Hamburger Charlie’s 150th birthday. The parade will be followed by the Burger Fest car show. Cars will be featured in the parade before being on display on Depot Street.
According to a release, the parade will be live-streamed on the Home of the Hamburger’s Facebook page.
A 200 lb. burger will also be donated to essential workers.
Officials say the Bun Run, Kids Run, Ketchup Slide, and Burger Eating Contest will not be held this year. Additional virtual activities and a scavenger hunt for groups of five or fewer will be available. These events will allow for social distancing.
For more information on the event, visit the Home of the Hamburger’s website.
Uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus has caused numerous local events to be canceled:
- Algoma 2020 Sunday Farmer’s Market
- Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet
- Country USA
- The Door County Fair
- EAA AirVenture
- Fox Cities Butterfly Festival
- Green & Gold Charity Softball game
- The Green Lake County Fair
- Greenville Catfish Races and Concert
- Hodag Country Festival in Rhinelander
- igNight Market in Green Bay’s Broadway District
- The Iola Car Show
- The Kewaunee County Fair
- Rock USA
- Warrens Cranberry Festival
- The Winnebago County Fair
- Wisconsin State Fair
Some events will be held, with modifications, including:
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