El Reno, Oklahoma's, Burger Day Festival is a tribute to the fried onion hamburger, cooked daily in El Reno since the early 1900s. In 1988, the El Reno Main Street program was established to promote downtown revitalization. The first Main Street Director, Carolyn Howard, met with downtown business owners and citizens to ask them, "What is El Reno known for?" The response was unanimous, "Fried Onion Hamburgers." Thus, it was decided that the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival would revolve around the cooking of the world's largest fried onion hamburger.
Union Pacific is proud to partner with the Burger Day Festival this year, in celebration of the railroad's 150th Anniversary. On Thursday, May 3, UP's historic steam locomotive No. 844, the souvenir car and the traveling exhibit car all will arrive late afternoon for a welcoming celebration.
The railroad's traveling exhibit car, "The Promontory," includes several artifacts such as railroad construction tools and remnants from UP's earliest days, as well as stereo cards from Union Pacific's one-of-a-kind collection and a 65" touch-screen highlighting many of the communities the car will be visiting in 2012, including El Reno.
On the morning of Friday, May 4, UP and the City of El Reno will unveil a railroad-themed mural that will be painted on the historic Route 66 underpass as it crosses under UP's track near the museum.
Concluding the festival, the steam engine will be on display on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with The Promontory and the souvenir car. During the festival, UP's famous mini train also will give free rides at the corner of Wade and Choctaw Street.