Akron claimed its title as America's Hamburger Capital - at least for a weekend.
The annual National Hamburger Festival brought all things burger, and then some, to crowds on South Main Street in downtown Akron on Saturday and Sunday.
Scott Orloff from Euclid was visiting Kent when he heard about the festival, then came over to downtown Akron...but he didn't expect to be eating five different burgers.
"When I got there and saw how much the burgers were, I only bought five tickets coming in, and the burgers were about three tickets," Orloff explains to AkronNewsNow.com, "so I had to buy more and now I'm way too full."
Orloff's secret, by the way? Eat small burgers.
Marie Cooley not only had a hamburger at the festival...she had dessert.
"I have a funnel cake that's hot apple and caramel," Cooley demonstrated.
Akron standbys like Menches Brothers and Bob's Hamburg shared space along Main Street with national and regional chains like Eat and Park, White Castle and Max and Erma's.
Bob's owner Aimee Buckeye was at the grill herself...grilling our own burger when we talked to her.
"Everything's homemade. Go to the butcher every morning, redip our onion rings every morning, cut our own fries, hand spun milkshakes, it's all made by us," Buckeye tells AkronNewsNow.com. "So, it's one of the neat places around that's got a lot of history."
Bob's on East Avenue opened in 1931, by the way, and claims to be the oldest restaurant in Akron.
Menches Brothers' namesakes claimed to have invented the hamburger.
Some burger flippers came from out of town, like Elyria's "Midway Oh Boy" burgers.
Owner Kim Disbrow says coming to Akron's National Hamburger Festival gets her repeat business, both during and after the festival.
"Where we're from, everybody knows us, so we're trying to get our name out here," Disbrow says. "But we have a lot of repeat customers. Some come twice within the same day, and then some people have come from the burger festival to the restaurant."
But the closest booth set up just a few feet directly in front of its own restaurant.
Lockview on Main Street offered some of its signature grilled cheese sandwiches, and to fit in at a festival honoring burgers, offered to add a beef patty to any sandwich.