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CANTON, OHIO (Aug. 3, 2012) – Timken Grand Parade Chairman John Fehrenbach has announced the 2012 float award winners as selected by the following panel of judges: Patricia Edgette, Diebold, Inc., Coppell, Texas; Scott Huntley, Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, Ohio; and Maria Mendez, Aetna, Dallas, Texas. There were a total of nine float entries this year, and all of them will be seen in Saturday morning’s Timken Grand Parade beginning at 8 a.m. in downtown Canton. The following is a complete list of the 2012 Timken Grand Parade float award winners:

GRAND PRIZE – Best overall entry in the parade Scouting, Your Access to Adventure, sponsored by: Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America

BUILDERS’ AWARD – Best professional builder entry Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen's Float, sponsored by: Kenan Advantage Group

OHIO STATE AWARD – Best non-professional builder entry Our Fallen Heroes, sponsored by: Perry Township Rotary Club

ENSHRINEES’ AWARD – Most effective use of color harmony Building Healthy Futures, sponsored by: Akron Children’s Hospital

HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ AWARD – Most original concept Making Banking Easy, sponsored by: CSE Federal Credit Union

NFL AWARD – Best use of flowers or natural covering Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary, sponsored by: Girl Scouts of Northeastern Ohio

JANICE C. MEYER AWARD – For exceptional merit Louisville Constitution Queen Float, sponsored by: Louisville Constitution Day Committee

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit 12th Man Float, sponsored by: The Health Plan - Hometown Region

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit Greats of the Gridiron, sponsored by: Solmet Technologies

The Timken Grand Parade has been a tradition since 1963 when 40,000 spectators attended the first parade. Since then, it has grown to a crowd of 200,000 lining the 2.2 mile parade route each year and millions more viewing it via television broadcast. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade is one of the largest in the nation, and the Enshrinement Festival has been voted one of the top 100 attractions in North America by the American Bus Association. The parade typically features approximated 100 entries, including spectacular floats, marching bands, helium balloons, clowns and costume characters, unique specialty units, returning Hall of Famers, and the current class of Enshrinees and their presenters. 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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