The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will be celebrating 56 years of excellence in 2019, with the first event being the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant on Thursday, May 9.  

This year, the age criteria for contestants has been revised to lower the age limits by one year, thus offering greater opportunity for high school students to participate.  The criteria states that on or before July 1, 2019, candidates must be a minimum of 17 years old, but not older than 22 years of age.  Additionally, candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County.

Applications and tickets will be available online at or at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 11. The deadline to submit the application and a $70 fee is Monday, March 25, by 5 p.m. 

All potential candidates are invited and encouraged to attend the eighth annual "Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant Informational Session" which will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce from 9 to 11 a.m. This session will help prospective participants decide if they would like to enter the Pageant, and to give them a better idea of what to expect if they do. Participants will have the opportunity to review the 2018 Queen Pageant DVD which includes footage of the ambassador opportunities, learn about the judging experience from past years' judges, hear from a past queen who will share her memories, and ask questions about the process. This informative, casual session is FREE, but reservations must be made in advance by calling Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or e-mailing her at:

The Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant on Thursday, May 9 will begin at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $22 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, and online at

At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and five Royal Ambassadors will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community and will almost immediately begin their tenure as goodwill ambassadors and role models throughout the community. 

For more information regarding applications, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056 or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at