BurgerFest to feature fundraising for Hamburger Water Tower

$1 million water tower restoration to take small steps at 35th annual festival

Mike Baggerman
July 19, 2019 - 3:00 am

Hamburger Water Tower in 2019. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


HAMBURG, N.Y. (WBEN) - The group planning to transform the Hamburg Water Tower into a giant hamburger will begin fundraising at this weekend's BurgerFest in Hamburg.

The $1 million project that was pushed by Hamburg resident Chris Hannotte Luly will begin its fundraising by selling t-shirts with the design of the water tower at the 35th annual BurgerFest in the Village of Hamburg.

"We want those walking around town so everyone can see it," Hannotte Luly told WBEN.

Their tent will be underneath the marquee at the Palace Theatre. Each t-shirt costs $20. Hannotte Luly expects the t-shirt sales this weekend to generate about $3,000 to go towards painting the water tower. However, she also noted they have 17 business sponsors who helped print the first set of t-shirts and that more of them will be sold online.

"We'd like to have people make-good the pledges they made us during the months of voting for the winning water tower design," she said. "We'll be accepting donations."

No tax dollars will be used for the project.

The Hamburger Water Tower's first major fundraiser for the year on Sunday, August 11. It's a family fundraiser at the Taylor Road Park in Hamburg.

BurgerFest will be held along Main and Buffalo Streets and in the Village of Hamburg Municipal Parking Lot. The one-day festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is free while food tickets are 50 cents each.

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