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CANTON, OH (July 31, 2013) –The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, beginning at 8 a.m.

The first grand parade was held in 1963, and it has become one of the largest of the 19 events over a two and a half week period celebrating the induction of the newest Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The year-long planning process has been led by John Fehrenbach, chairman of the Timken Grand Parade Committee, with assistance from vice chairman Joanna James.

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Fehrenbach, CEO of Direct Marketing and Research LLC and national sales manager for VSI Sales LLC, is a graduate of Canton Central Catholic High School and ICM School of Business. A member of the Timken Grand Parade committee since 2003, this is his second year as chairman. Extremely active with the Boy Scouts of America for 42 years, he is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and is Wood Badge trained. He’s also a licensed amateur radio operator. Tapping into his love of music, he is a member of the Greater Canton Men’s Chorus. He and wife Marie are the parents of four children, and grandparents to five.

This year's celebration will include perhaps the largest ever contingent of returning Hall of Famers in Canton for their Golden Anniversary Reunion. They will ride in the parade, along with the Class of 2013 Enshrinees, including Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp. Parade spectators will be treated to the sights and sounds of 19 giant helium balloons, 18 marching and military bands, 11 floats, and 19 specialty units, as well as antique vehicles, animal units, and much, much more.

The growth of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival over the years is the result of extraordinary support from entities such as The Timken Company, which this year marks its eighth consecutive year as a major sponsor of the parade.

Specialty units sure to thrill the spectators are the giant walking flag, South Shore Drill Team and Magical Train, along with many clowns and costumed characters.

The Timken Grand Parade will enjoy a wide television viewing audience on Fox Sports Net Ohio, available to almost six million households saturating Ohio and reaching into portions of West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York. It will be broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 11 at approximately 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a re-air scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Timken Grand Parade can also be seen on Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Channel 989, WIVM Channel 39, and Massillon Cable Channel 128.

Dan Dierdorf, Canton native and 1996 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will bring his extensive knowledge of the game to the broadcast booth for the 15th consecutive year, serving as commentator along with Stefani Schaefer, co-anchor of Fox 8 News In the Morning. An Alliance native and graduate of Mount Union College, she first started at WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland in 1992, took a hiatus for other opportunities, and returned in 2007. She is a member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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Joe Dunn will be joining the team for man-on-the-street interviews with the Class of 2013 and many returning Hall of Famers. After a stint with the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, he became director of sports marketing at the University of Akron and is currently vice president of sales at Big Time Sports, a regional company producing sports talk shows and featuring high school sports coverage.

In order to maintain safety and assure the enjoyment of participants, the following shall apply and will be strictly enforced by parade marshals and safety officials:

  • Spectators are absolutely prohibited from coming onto the street and/or approaching any of the units for photographs, autographs or any other reason.
  • Likewise, parade participants are prohibited from approaching spectators and/or throwing anything into the crowd.
  • The Enshrinement Festival "Policy on Politics" prohibits distribution of political information and/or materials within the event boundaries.
  • All vendors (even if licensed by the City, County and/or State) are prohibited from selling on the parade route; any vendor sales or solicitation for sales must occur outside of the event boundaries/barricades.

Parade units step off at Sixth St. and Cleveland Ave. SW and move north to 25th St. NW, where they will begin to disband. For Enshrinement Festival and football fans wanting to see the parade live, great reserved chair and bleacher seats are still available for only $9 by calling the Chamber at (330) 458-2088 or stopping in at 222 Market Ave. N from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL FACTS

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.

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