Canton, OH (August 1, 2008) - Timken Grand Parade Chairman, Don Schneck, announced the float award winners as selected by the following panel of judges: Christian Golden, Marketing Werks in Chicago, Ill.; Barkley Russell, Argonne Parades in Atlanta, Ga.; and Toni Meyer, 500 Festival in Indianapolis, Ind. There are 16 float entries this year, and all of them will be seen in the Timken Grand Parade on Saturday, August 2 beginning at 8 a.m. in downtown Canton.
The following is a complete listing of this year's award winners.
|GRAND PRIZE: The best overall entry in the parade Kenan Advantage Group, Inc.|
BUILDERS' AWARD: Best professional builder entry
Mercy Medical Center
OHIO STATE AWARD: Best non-professional builder entry
Perry Township History Club, Inc.
ENSHRINEES' AWARD: Most effective use of color harmony
Greater Canton Bowling Association
MAYOR'S AWARD: Best display of animation
Enshrinement Festival Queen's Float sponsored by McDonald's and The Coca-Cola Company
HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES' AWARD: Most original concept
Aultman Health Foundation
NFL AWARD: Best use of flowers or other non-manufactured coatings
St. Anthony Parish
JANICE C. MEYER AWARD: For exceptional merit
Canton Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic
FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN'S AWARD: For exceptional merit
EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD
The Healthplan / Hometown Region
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 the national 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 approximately 125 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, check out the Web site: www.profootballhoffestival.com.