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What tasty local parade does Wisconsin Post 106 lead off every year?

That of "Burger Fest" in Seymour, Wis., "The home of the hamburger."

According to Post 106's Centennial Celebration page: "Each year on Hamburger Days a huge parade led by the Post 106 color guard commemorates the birthplace of the hamburger. The picture of the Hamburger Charlie statue [on the front page] shows the importance of this event to our local community." In 1885, young Charles Nagreen - aka "Hamburger Charlie" - first sold his new creation at a local fair. Burger Fest started in 1989 to celebrate that anniversary. On Aug. 4, 2001, an 8,266-pound burger was cooked on the mammoth “Charlie Grill.”According to Past National Vice Commander Russ Hanseter, who maintains the post’s page, “Members of the post have volunteered in the past for the Balloon Rally on Friday and Saturday and for work at the food and beverage concession stands. A truly amazing family event featuring a Bun Run, a burger eating contest, the Ketchup Slide and more. ... Post 106 and its Auxiliary has had a burger and beer stand at the Outagamie County Fair Grounds continuously since the early 1920s into the present, our main fundraiser.”

 

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