Concert & Fireworks · Drum Corps · 5-Mile and 2-Mile Races CANTON, OH (May 23, 2010) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs: Tim Ewing, Concert & Fireworks; Mark Weldon, Drum Corps and Daniel Reusser, 5-Mile and 2-Mile Races. [gallery link="file" columns="6" orderby="rand"]
Ewing, director of buildings, grounds and transportation for Canton Local Schools, has been a member of the Concert & Fireworks Committee for six years, with this being his second as chairman. He has also served on the Community Parade and Timken Grand Parade committees for many years, and has been actively involved in pilot activities at the Balloon Classic Invitational. He is a Jennings Scholar and received a certificate of merit from Malone University. Ewing, vice chairman Pat Fallot, and their team will be attending to the many details involved with moving the Concert & Fireworks from its traditional date on the same evening as the Enshrinement ceremonies, to a new slot on Thursday, July 29. This event will now signal the dynamic kick off to 18 events over 11-days for the enjoyment of nearly 700,000 people. Activities will remain in their traditional location in downtown Canton, beginning at 6 p.m. with food and family fun, including face painting, balloon artists, costumed characters and crafts for the kids. Entertainment on the Fishers Foods’ stage, located at Ninth Street and Market Avenue North, will feature several musical acts, preceding an incredible pyrotechnic display, which will be launched from the Cultural Center for the Arts parking deck approximately 10 p.m. Weldon has offered his enthusiasm as a Drum Corps Committee member since the mid 90s and this is his second and final year as chairman. Chief of security for Stark State College of Technology, he is the retired police chief for the City of Massillon, and remains a member of the Stark County and Ohio Associations of Chiefs of Police, as well as Ohio Retired Police Chiefs. He assists the Stark County Safe Kids Coalition and is a member of the Ohio College Law Enforcement Association. The annual Drum Corps Competition is a partnership between Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Canton’s own Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. This year’s show will feature eight corps, including five of the top twelve in the nation: Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio; Blue Knights from Denver, Colo.; The Cadets from Allentown, Pa.; Madison Scouts from Madison, Wis.; Pioneer from Milwaukee, Wis.; Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, Calif.; Spirit from Jackson, Ala.; and Troopers from Casper, Wyo. These corps will be at the peak of their performance just one week away from the international championships to be held in Indianapolis. The annual Drum Corps Competition will be held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Assisting Weldon with this family-oriented event is vice chairman Chip Conde. Drum Corps Competition tickets are available at (330) 458-2048; at-the-gate ticket prices are slightly increased, so purchase now! Reusser is a long-time member of the Race Committee, with this being his first year as chairman. He is an avid runner who is passionate about the benefits of physical fitness. A broker with Schauer Group, Inc., he is involved in several Enshrinement Festival activities including the Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks Committee. He and wife Karen have one daughter and one granddaughter. Cash and/or other prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the 5-mile and 2-mile events, and both serious and recreational runners are welcome to participate. Online registration is available at www.signmeup.com/67167. Vice chairman Chris Milcetich is assisting Reusser in planning the activities that will include the sixth annual free, 400-meter, Kids Fun Run. The Fun Run, for youngsters six and under makes everyone a winner, and has costumed characters race with the kids to the finish line. A new element to this year’s activities is the addition of a Walking Division in the 5-Mile Race, with prizes awarded to the top three finishers. The walkers in this division must be able to maintain an 18-minute pace. All races finish at the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, offering great photo opportunities and the chance to visit the museum. ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL In 2010, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 47th 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 Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 18 unique events over a 11-day period from July 29 to Aug. 8, 2010. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $55 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 the festivities will be the Aug. 7 induction ceremony for the 2010 Class of Enshrinees, comprised of guard Russ Grimm, linebacker Rickey Jackson, cornerback Dick LeBeau, running back Floyd Little, defensive tackle John Randle, wide receiver Jerry Rice, and running back Emmitt Smith. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and the latest news, check the Web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.