CANTON, OHIO (Feb. 16, 2009) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant applications and tickets will be available beginning Feb. 16 at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton.
Applications can be picked up at the Enshrinement Festival office weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to submit the application and a $65 fee is Monday, March 16, by 5 p.m. Candidates cannot be younger than a high school senior and 18 years old by May 1 or more than 23 years of age before Sept. 1. Candidates must reside and, if employed, work within a 30-mile radius of Stark County.
The Queen Pageant will take place May 7 at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $17 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, Canton AAA, Massillon AAA and all area Freda's Hallmark stores.
At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The Queen and her court will serve as role models and goodwill ambassadors throughout the community, and one of their most memorable experiences will be their ride on a float in the Timken Grand Parade.
Six court members will be selected, coinciding with the six members of the 2009 Class of Enshrinees. Wide receiver Bob Hayes, guard Randall McDaniel, defensive end Bruce Smith, linebacker Derrick Thomas, owner Ralph Wilson, and defensive back Rod Woodson make up the Class of 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees.
Patti Schott has been named chair of the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival (HOFEF) Queen Committee. This is her first year in this capacity, having served on the committee since 2003. Assisting her with leadership responsibilities will be Kara Abbott, committee vice-chair.
Schott retired in 1999 after 32 years as a registered nurse at Mercy Medical Center. She currently operates Taggarts Ice Cream with her husband, Ernie. She received her bachelor's degree from Mercy School of Nursing. Schott has served as secretary for West Park Neighborhood Association, president of Marketeers Investment Club of Ohio. She was on the Mercy Alumni board, St. Benedict Catholic Church Parish Council and the St. Benedict Catholic Church Parish Faith Community Nursing program. She was the 1995 Mercy Medical Center Manager of the Year and recognized as the 1995 Outstanding Alumnus by the Mercy School of Nursing.
The Queen Committee is responsible for working with Enshrinement Festival staff in coordinating all activities relating to the HOFEF Queen and court during their service as goodwill ambassadors and positive role models throughout the community. Committee members also serve as official chaperones for the Queen and court as they attend all Enshrinement Festival events and numerous community activities.
The HOFEF Queen Pageant is sponsored by Abbott Electric and Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. / McDonalds® Restaurants. For more information contact, Tonya Stuck, staff event manager, at (330) 458-2052 or visit the Enshrinement Festival web site at www.profootballhofef.com.