By Rick Cohler, editor
Over the past several months “Only in America” with Larry the Cable Guy on the History Channel has featured such titles as, “Larry Deep Fries Everything” to “Larry Gits a Gator.” On the show, Larry crisscrosses the nation, going totally off the beaten path to find the people, places and things that define this nation’s unique history, according to the History Channel’s website.
Early in the 2012 season, one show might be titled “Larry Loves Burgers from Hoof to Plate.”
The episode brought Larry the Cable Guy to Seymour last Thursday to tape a segment on the Home of the Hamburger. Where better to taste the real “Charlie Burger,” invented in 1885 at the Seymour Fair by Hamburger Charlie Nagreen?
To help Larry get the true flavor of what makes Seymour famous, Jim Campbell of Home of the Hamburger got up at 3:30 Thursday morning and cooked up a 150 pound burger for the occasion.
A small crowd gathered along Depot Street to welcome the “Get er Done” guy to Seymour.
After signing some autographs and getting to know the Seymour residents, Campbell and Hamburger Charlie, aka Bill Collar, gave Larry the history of Seymour’s rock-solid record of being the Home of the Hamburger and showed him the giant grill on which the world record burgers have been cooked.
Looking at the statue of Hamburger Charlie, he quipped, “I like it better than the Big Boy statue.
“I was raised on a hog farm, but my wife grew up on a beef farm in Wisconsin,” he told his audience.
Then, it was down to business, as Larry helped Campbell flip the huge burger and dress it with catsup, mustard, pickles and onions. He grabbed hold of his chunk with both hands took a big bite which left catsup and mustard in his mustache, then asked “Do you also have the biggest beer? That would go great with this.”
Larry then helped serve the burger to the crowd, signed some more autographs and posed for some more photos before getting underway to the next stop on his burger odyssey.
But, not before Hamburger Charlie invited him back to Seymour for Burger Fest on Aug. 6.
“You have the right build to set a new record in the Ketchup Slide,” Charlie said.