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Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks • Ribs Burnoff • Timken Grand Parade

Canton, Ohio (March 29, 2012) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs: Scott Sanders, Balloon Classic and Todd Hawke, Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks; Vicky Sterling, Ribs Burnoff; and John Fehrenbach, Timken Grand Parade. [gallery columns="4" orderby="rand"]

Sanders is president of Kreighbaum-Sanders and Sanders Funeral Homes, Inc., and served as 2002 General Chairman of the Chamber’s Enshrinement Festival committees. He came to that position with 12 years of leadership experience, after having chaired the former Kickoff Sunday Parade and Race committees, as well as the Grand Parade and Marketing committees. He is a graduate of Canton South High School, The Ohio State University and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. A former East Canton Citizen of the Year and Jaycee Outstanding Citizen, Sanders has been active in a wide variety of community activities, including East Canton Club, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Osnaburg Township Citizens Fire Committee, and Stark County Fair Beef Committee and Marketing Committee. He and wife Julie are the proud parents of three sons. Assisting Sanders as vice chairman of the event committee is Randy Reed, as the event proudly celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. What started in 1986 with 25 balloons at Weis Park has grown to a capacity field of nearly 70 balloons on the campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College, with nearly 125,000 people enjoying the two-and-a-half day event. The Balloon Luminary was added in 1993 and is currently known as the Night Glow, and a further milestone was marked in 1995 when the Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks came under the umbrella of the Enshrinement Festival and joined forces with the Balloon Classic Invitational. The Food Fest Committee is chaired this year by Todd Hawke, principal at GDK & Company. He is a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School and Ohio Wesleyan University, and has served in various capacities on the Food Fest Committee since 2002. He is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio and American Cancer Society of Stark County. Todd and wife Tricia have one son and one daughter. Hawke will be assisted in the planning and staging of the Food Fest by vice chairman Carles Moore. It’s important to remember that this year’s Balloon Classic and Food Fest activities will take place one week earlier than usual, and will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20, 21 and 22. This adjustment has been made in order not to conflict with the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships in Longview, Texas, because the most experienced pilots, ballooning officials, scoring teams, and weather experts are already annually committed to the Nationals. The date change also eliminates a date conflict with two other major balloon festivals, one in New Jersey and one in Iowa. The combined Balloon Classic/Food Fest event will include a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, children’s activity area, musical entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Sterling, vice-president of sales and marketing for Pinnacle Press, Inc., is serving her second year as chairman of the Ribs Burnoff Committee, after serving in a wide variety of sub-committee leadership positions since 1994. A graduate of Louisville High School, she also served on the security committees for the Balloon Classic and Enshrinement Ceremony. A past member of the board of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, she is a past recipient of the Chamber’s Award of Merit, and also a recipient of the Canton Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award. She also extends her time and resources to the Aultman Health Foundation and Aultman Women’s Board, Leadership Stark County, Canton Blues Festival, J.R. Coleman Women in History Luncheon and Canton Ad Federation. The mother of two, Sterling is married to Todd and has four grandchildren. Long-time Ribs Burnoff committee volunteer Brian Harbert is serving as vice chairman of the committee. Together, they will oversee all aspects of the Ribs Burnoff, which will take place Aug. 1 through 3 at Stark County Fairgrounds. Special attractions include a wide variety of rib and specialty food vendors, beverages, children’s entertainment area, fantasy football zone of interactive inflatables, enormous sand sculpture and musical entertainment. 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 first 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 a Wood Badge Training and Course director, Venture Crew advisor and Scout Master. Tapping into his love of music, he is a member of St. Joseph Raphael choir and Greater Canton Men’s Choir. He and wife Marie are the parents of four children, and grandparents to four. Fehrenbach will partner with vice chairman Joanna James to attend to the myriad of details involved in staging this family event. The Timken Grand Parade will step off at 8 a.m., Sat., Aug. 4. It will be enjoyed by nearly 200,000 spectators along the 2.2 mile route, as well as by millions more via the television broadcast. The parade will feature the current Class of Enshrinees, many returning Hall of Famers, marching bands, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and animal and specialty units. Call (330) 458-2048 now to guarantee a bird’s-eye view of all the units by purchasing reserved chairs or bleacher seats for only $8.50 each. 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 of Commerce 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 2012 Class of 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.

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