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Hamburger Heaven in Ohio

By Linda Tancs

America’s oldest hamburger chain is White Castle, founded in 1921 by a short-order cook and an insurance executive in Wichita, Kansas.  In those days, the duo’s little steamed burger sold for five cents.  We’ve come a long way, baby.  There’s an uncontested record for largest hamburger at 5000 pounds in Seymour, Wisconsin.  You’d need a lot more burger than that to feed the average American his or her’s three burgers per week.  If all this hamburger trivia is getting you hungry, then indulge yourself at this weekend’s National Hamburger Festival in Akron, Ohio at Lock 3 Park.  As you might expect, there’s a hamburger eating contest or two.  Try eating your way through bun and burger for 10 minutes or bob for burgers out of a kiddie pool filled with ketchup.  Either way, you’re on your way to becoming burger king. 

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