CANTON, OHIO (Feb. 25, 2009) - Don't miss the opportunity to compete in the prestigious Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant! The deadline to submit the completed application and a $65 fee is March 16, by 5 p.m.
Applications and tickets for the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant are still available at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
All potential candidates are invited to attend the NEW "Screen the Queen Pageant" session which will take place March 7 at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This session will help young ladies 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 2008 Queen Pageant DVD, 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, informal session is FREE, but reservations must be made in advance by calling Tonya Stuck at (330) 458-2052.
The Queen Pageant will take place May 7 at Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $17 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Enshrinement Festival Office, Canton AAA, Massillon AAA and all area Freda's Hallmark Stores.
The Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant is not a beauty pageant. While overall appearance is certainly an important component, contestants are judged based on personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. If there is a tie at any point in the judging process, it will be broken by utilizing the scores for personality, poise, and beauty - in that order.
Candidates cannot be less than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1 and must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County. A Queen and six Court members will be selected to coincide with the number in the 2009 Class of Enshrinees comprised of Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson, Jr., and Rod Woodson.
In addition to greeting guests at most of the 15 events during the 10-day Enshrinement Festival scheduled July 31 through Aug. 9, the Queen and Court will volunteer their time to civic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Turnaround Community Outreach Center, MRDD and many more. Certainly one of the most memorable experiences for the Queen and Court will be their ride on the float in the Timken Grand Parade.
The HOFEF Queen Pageant is generously sponsored by Abbott Electric and Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. / McDonalds® Restaurants.
The 2008 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen, Mikaela Meacham, and her court.
Front Row Left to Right: Carly Morgan, Ashanti Murdock, Queen Mikaela Meacham, Jessica Jedel
Back Row Left to Right: Sabrina Heather, Sarah Milligan, Emily Woolf