CANTON, OH (July 20, 2009) - The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff will have a variety of food vendor booths at theStark County Fairgrounds Aug. 5, 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
Rib and specialty vendors will occupy 34 booths at this year's burnoff. Rib vendors will compete to win top prizes as judged by more than 80 judges on Wednesday and Thursday. The following awards will be announced on Thursday at approximately 5 p.m.:
- • Most Outstanding Ribs Award (plaque and $2,500)
- • Mayor's Award (plaque and $1,000)
- • Best Sauce Award (plaque and $500)
A panel of six professional chefs from the area will select the Best Sauce Award winner. In addition, a People's Choice Award will be given based on surveys taken by an anonymous, independent group surveying the general public. The winning vendor will receive a plaque and "bragging rights" for the remainder of the event.
Four restaurants and caterers from Stark County will be serving ribs and competing for the prizes, including Canal Grille, Jack on the Bone Rib Team, Old Carolina Barbecue Co., and Two Fat Guys. Rib participants from outside Stark County include Armadillo's (2008 Most Outstanding Rib winner, Youngstown, Ohio) and Porky N Beans (Parma, Ohio). Out-of-state participants include Texas Pit BBQ (Willis, Texas) and Toys for Tots (Manhattan, Ill).
Specialty food vendors will occupy 15 booths, including Big D's Concessions, Big Kahuna's, Casto Concessions, Cowgirl Kettle Korn, DeStefano's Concessions, DG Concessions, DiRusso Concessions, Island Delights, Jack & Rich French Fries, Lil John's Concessions, Mediterranean Cuisine, Rita's of Belden Village and Roosters Canton.
Admission to the Ribs Burnoff is free. On-site parking at the fairgrounds is free each day until 4 p.m., when a fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged. In addition to great food, the event will feature national musical entertainment on the Sheetz Stage, including Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience on Wednesday night, Eric Church on Thursday night, and Michael Stanley & The Resonators on Friday night. Free, standing room only area is available on the track in front of the stage, or reserved grandstand seats can be purchased for $8 at the Chamber office at 222 Market Ave. N, in downtown Canton, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, at Stark and Summit Sheetz locations and at the event each day at the souvenir booth.
In addition to the national musical acts, attendees can enjoy activities on the Ohio Lottery Day Stage including free musical entertainment all day Thursday and Friday. Other family activities include an expanded children's entertainment area with face painting, caricaturists, balloon twisters, Fantasy Football Zone of interactive inflatables powered by AEP Ohio, story time with The BigHeds, master sand sculptor, Lowe's Build & Grow, CharBroil Infrared Tour, U.S. Army Special Forces interactive unit, Bridgestone/Terry's Tire Town race car simulator and much more. And new this year in the Coors Cool Zone will be "Name This Tune" from 5:30 to 7:30 pm each night.
For more information, call Chris Gumpp at (330) 458-2054, or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.profootballhofef.com.