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In 2016, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will proudly mark 53 years of honoring the legends of professional football. The world-renowned Enshrinement Festival celebrates the annual Enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors. With the addition of this year’s class, the Enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame total 303.

A complete schedule for this “Celebration of Excellence” can be found in the 2016 “official schedule of events” of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Individuals, area businesses and organizations are encouraged to pick up a supply of this handy rack-sized card at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce to distribute to family, friends, customers and clients. It is also available throughout the community at:

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum
  • Canton and Massillon Auto Clubs
  • Visitors’ Information Center at Akron-Canton Airport

In addition, full event and ticket information can be found at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com.

Continuing a tradition first started in 1977, the 2016 commemorative pins are also currently available. This year’s pin is only $5, but it could be worth much more for some lucky customers. Each 2016 pin comes in an envelope with a pin prize entry form and coupons for various discounts, as well as discounted admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

GRAND PRIZES include: a commemorative item from the Pro Football Hall of Fame; 10 three-foot party subs from J & K Subway (valid in Stark County); a pizza-per-month for one year from Pizza Hut; a gift basket from Pepsi Beverage Co.; a commemorative Enshrinee football; and a commemorative stein from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.

Entry forms must be completed and returned to the Canton Regional Chamber offices by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Mailed entries received Saturday, Sept. 17, or later are not eligible.

Winners will be drawn and announced on News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM on Tuesday, Sept. 20, between 7 and 8 a.m. No purchase is necessary to win. For a complete list of rules and regulations or to request a blank entry, contact the Enshrinement Festival office at (330) 456-7253.

The current and many past years’ pins can be purchased at the Enshrinement Festival office at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Avenue North, along with a variety of other souvenirs and gift items, including golf shirts, t-shirts and caps. These items will also be available for purchase at all Enshrinement Festival events.