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Tasty fun served up at Hamburger Festival

8/22/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The eighth annual National Hamburger Festival brought fans of the all-American treat to town to sample some of the best burgers in the country Aug. 17-18.

Mark and Carol Dittrich, of Barberton, were among the festival-goers who enjoyed this year’s event Aug. 17. They are shown at right middle as Carol sports a hamburger hat she bought at the festival.

Tony Finnestad, of Nashville, and Susan Czuprynski, of Columbus, both employees of Max and Erma’s, are pictured at right bottom far right as they enjoy a taste from the festival.

Among the contests again this year was Bobbing for Burgers, with the selection of foam burgers on display shown at right top before they were submerged in a pool of ketchup. Contestants Dennis DiMartino, of Youngstown; Christy Sinko, of Medina; and Chaz Mulligan, of Raleigh, N.C., are shown below during the contest as festival founder and organizer Drew Cerza, of Buffalo, gave the play-by-play.

Sinko, who had won the event four times previously, once again emerged the victor, and she is shown at top being declared champ.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Krista Galloway

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