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CANTON, OH (July 17, 2012) – Cash prizes will be awarded in the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival's 24th annual Photo Contest. Snapshot enthusiast or professional photographer? All are invited to enter by taking photos at any of the outdoor Enshrinement Festival events beginning July 20 through Aug. 6. Awards will be made in both the professional and non-professional categories, and some of the winning photos may be used in future Enshrinement Festival publications. Due to the generous support of the Western Reserve Group, cash prizes for the contest total $1,800, and $100 prizes may be awarded to each of the seven first place photos chosen from professional and non-professional divisions in the following categories: Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks, Concert and Fireworks, 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races (including the Kids Fun Run), Community Parade, Ribs Burnoff, Timken Grand Parade and Drum Corps International Competition. Multiple honorable mention awards in the amount of $25 may also be given in each category. A Best of Show winner will be selected from all entries and will receive $250. Up to 10 photos can be submitted for a single entry fee of $10. If you have more than 10 great photos to submit, multiple entry fees are welcomed. Entry forms are available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.profootballhofef.com. The complete Enshrinement Festival schedule of events is also available on the Web site. All entries must be mailed or delivered to: Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44702. The deadline for receiving photos is 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. The winning photos will be on display at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography (520 Cleveland Avenue N in downtown Canton), and on the Enshrinement Festival’s Web site. For more information, contact Karen Khourey at (330) 458-2053 or karenk@cantonchamber.org.

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ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL In 2012, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 49th 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 over two weeks from July 20 to Aug. 6, 2012. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $31 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. 4 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2012 Enshrinees, comprised of cornerback Jack Butler, center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end/linebacker Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin and tackle Willie Roaf. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.