With the postponement of the 2020 Ephrata Fair, the Akron Lion’s Club shares the disappointment of the community for the loss of this highly anticipated event.
We know that people will miss the famous toasted cheeseburgers. And we know that the numerous local and regional organizations that benefit from the proceeds from the sales of the toasted cheeseburgers will miss the contributions that we are so glad to make each February.
The Akron Lion’s Club is committed to doing our “Fair Share” for these organizations that meet critical needs in our community and region. We’re asking the many fans of the famous toasted cheeseburger to help us do our “Fair Share” by making a direct contribution so that we can keep our commitment to support these organizations in 2020.
Your gift of any size will help us meet our goal, and will help the community! We will use a small portion of the proceeds to fund the start-up costs for a highly anticipated return of the 2021 Fair, and the all the remaining proceeds will go directly to organizations that we supported this past year.
Organizations that we support with your help:
Akron Boy Scouts
For Akron Families
Akron Volunteer Fire Co
Carol Stark Foundation
District 14D Governor
Ephrata Area Rehab Center
Ephrata Comm Ambulance Assn
Ephrata Public Library
Ephrata Rec Center
Homes of Hope
Akron Borough Roland Park Projects
Vision Corps (SABVI)
While you consider a generous contribution, we thought you might enjoy the history of the famous Akron Lion’s Club toasted cheeseburger!
1938: Akron Lions Club formed.
1941: Akron Lions Club first stand at the Ephrata, and they sold Deviled Clams.
1970/71: Akron Lions Club built the first trailer for the fair, this was the first stand at the fair on wheels. The club served hotdogs, hamburgers, and toasted cheese sandwiches. The first year in the trailer grossed approximately $2,000.00. The first trailer cost approximately $2,800.00.
1981: The first toasted cheese burger was made for sale at the fair. The story has it that there were burgers and toasted cheese sandwiches left over. Someone requested one of each, and requested that the burger be placed in the toasted cheese sandwich. It was an instant hit. The first year the Club made them on two sandwich Griddles that toasted both sides at the same time. The Club couldn’t keep up with demand and by the following year the Club had come up for a system of pre-buttering the bread and grilling the burgers in the trailer that endures today.
2000/01: The current trailer was built, at a cost of approximately $24,000.00.