Akron is the site of the first ever National Hamburger Festival and as part of the festivities, there will be a mock trial where representatives of various U.S. cities will explain why their town is the true home of the hamburger to a judge and jury.
Akron residents claim their city deserves the meaty honor because its the hometown of Frank and Charles Menches, who supposedly made the first burger in 1885.
However, since the brothers made that first hamburger in Hamburg, New York, city fathers figure their town is the official home of the hamburger.
Meanwhile, hamburger historians in Seymour, Wisconsin, believe Charles Nagreen invented the sandwich there in 1885; while burger buffs in New Haven, Connecticut, insist Louis Lasser flipped the first hamburger there in 1900; and the citizens of Athens, Texas, say Fletcher Davis invented the hamburger there in 1904.
Organizer Drew Cerza hopes the burger battle settles things once and for all, but admits there could still be controversy even after the judge decides the case.
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