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CANTON, OH (Aug. 1, 2013) – Brian Harbert, the 2013 chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff Committee, has announced that Two Fat Guys has won First Place for Most Outstanding Ribs, and will receive $2,500, a title plaque, and first choice of location in the appropriate booth category at the 2014 lottery. In addition, Two Fat Guys has also won this year's Best Sauce Award for the second year in a row. The following is a complete list of the 2013 Ribs Burnoff Competition winners:

First Place Winner: Most Outstanding Ribs; $2,500 Prize Two Fat Guys, Canton, Ohio

Second Place Winner: Mayor’s Award; $1,000 Prize Old Carolina Barbecue Co., North Canton, Ohio

Best Sauce Award Winner: $500 Prize Two Fat Guys, Canton, Ohio

People’s Choice Award Winner Old Carolina Barbecue Co., North Canton, Ohio

The 2013 HOFEF Ribs Burnoff Competition included ten local and national rib contenders and 71 judges. Ten area restaurateurs and professional chefs served as judges in selecting the Best Sauce Award winner. The People’s Choice Award winner was selected based on surveys taken by an anonymous, independent group who surveyed more than 1,100 members of the general public at the event to determine the best ribs at the Ribs Burnoff according to the populous. In addition to fantastic ribs, the annual Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff features specialty foods, fun family activities and live music from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily. The Ribs Burnoff continues tonight, Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Stark County Fairgrounds, with a live performance from country artist Josh Thompson. The Ribs Burnoff concludes Friday, Aug. 2, with an evening performance from Northeast Ohio favorite Michael Stanley and The Resonators. Concerts begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Free, standing room only will be permitted on the track, but chairs or seating of any kind on the track is not permitted. To enjoy the concerts, guests are encouraged to purchase grandstand tickets now–all seats reserved at only $10–by calling (330) 458.2088 or visiting the Canton Regional Chamber (222 Market Avenue N in downtown Canton). Admission to the Ribs Burnoff is free. Onsite parking at the fairgrounds will be free each day until 4 p.m., after which time a fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged. For more news and a complete schedule of the remaining Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events, visit the web site: www.profootballhofef.com.

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ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL

In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 50th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 19 diverse events from July 19 to Aug. 6, 2013. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media. The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 3 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 Enshrinees: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.