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Families come out for Hamburg Family Festival Memorial Day Weekend

A crowd filled Etchberger Memorial Park in Hamburg for the annual Hamburg Family Festival.

The free-admission festival offered rides, food and a full entertainment lineup each night Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, May 26.

A long-standing tradition in Hamburg, the festival is hosted annually on Memorial Day weekend by the King Frost Committee.

“It goes back at least 30-plus years, possibly longer as its been tied to the King Frost Parade as long as I can remember,” said Ryan Witman of the King Frost Committee.  “While I’ve been helping with organizing the event for the past 15 years, I have memories of coming to this carnival 25-30 years ago. Even though I grew up in Muhlenberg, we would attend both the Memorial Day family festival as well as the King Frost Parade.”

The Hamburg Family Festival featured a live entertainment ever night, Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, May 26. (Photo courtesy of King Frost Committee)
The Hamburg Family Festival featured live entertainment every night, Thursday, May 23, through Sunday, May 26. (Photo courtesy of King Frost Committee)

For Witman, one of the highlights of the festival is the food.

“At least that’s my favorite part,” he said. “We try to switch things up each year.”

This year, in addition to the classic burgers and hot dogs, the food stands offered authentic tacos and Mexican street corn, which were anticipated to be a hit, as well as plenty of ice cream, funnel cakes, cheesesteaks and more to make sure there was something for everyone.

Friends, family and community members gather for food, fun and camaraderie during the Hamburg Family Festival held in Etchberger Memorial Park in Hamburg May 23 to 26. (Photo courtesy of King Frost Committee)
Friends, family and community members gather for food, fun and camaraderie during the Hamburg Family Festival held in Etchberger Memorial Park in Hamburg May 23 to 26. (Photo courtesy of King Frost Committee)

What makes this festival a great experience is the focus on family.

“We try to have something for everyone in a family-friendly environment. Food, rides, games and, of course, our great lineup of live music each night,” Witman said. “We don’t charge an admission fee so even if rides aren’t your thing, you can come enjoy the festival atmosphere, catch up with old friends and enjoy some music.”

The festival serves two purposes.

“The first is to begin to raise funds for the King Frost Parade, but it’s also an event to give back to the community,” Witman said. “With music by popular local bands that have quite the following, and free admission, it’s nice to have an event where people can get out of the house now that it has finally stopped raining every day.”

“The school year is also winding down, so students from Hamburg and surrounding schools have a place to hang out with friends and make memories before summer vacation, graduations, and such,” he added.

The Hamburg Family Festival featured rides, food and music at Etchberger Memorial Park in Hamburg Memorial Day Weekend. (Photo courtesy of King Frost Committee)
The Hamburg Family Festival featured rides, food and music at Etchberger Memorial Park in Hamburg Memorial Day Weekend. (Photo courtesy of King Frost Committee)

The festival is the committee’s number one fundraiser for the King Frost Parade.

“While we rely on a lot of local businesses for a portion of the parade expenses, this event allows us to build up that nest egg that it takes each year to cover the expenses that no one knows about, like insurance, street sweeping, Port-O-Potties, etc.” said Witman. “A successful festival definitely helps the parade planning process as we move into the fall months.”

The 60th annual King Frost Parade will be held Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in downtown Hamburg.


Source: Berkshire mont

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