CANTON, OH (September 25, 2008) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival was recently recognized by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) with both a Gold Pinnacle Award for "Best Event Video for Sale" and a Bronze for "Best Full Length TV Program (national)" for the Timken Grand Parade in the category of events with budgets over $1.5 million.


The awards were announced Sept. 10 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA's 53rd Annual Convention & Expo in Boise, ID. The prestigious competition drew 1,428 entries from among the world's top festivals and events. 


Joanne Murray, director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, expressed her appreciation to Larry Schock of PYEcom Home Video, who developed the event video. "The Enshrinement Festival is fortunate to work with such a creative and talented team of videographers who help us share our message that the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is indeed a one of a kind celebration," noted Murray.


Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, The Kentucky Derby Festival, Memphis in May, 500 Festival, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Walt Disney World.  International contenders included event organizations such as Daegaya Experience (South Korea); Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (Australia); International Festival Lent (Slovenia) and The Hague Festivals (The Netherlands).  Entry categories included posters, merchandise, Web sites, print and broadcast ads, volunteer programs, community outreach programs and many other categories.


"The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards represent the hallmark of excellence in the festivals and events industry.  Entries in every budget category, from every corner of the globe, allow us to recognize the best in our business while raising the standards and quality of media promotions and events across the board," said IFEA President & CEO Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.


Headquartered in Boise, ID, the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) is a non-profit membership organization with members spanning 40 countries and five continents. IFEA offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival entertains nearly 700,000 people at 15 events over an 11-day period as they honor the induction of football heroes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton/Stark County Ohio.  A full-time staff and team of more than 4,200 volunteers and sponsors support the summer festivities. Visit for more information.