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The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will be celebrating 57 years of excellence in 2020, with the first event being the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant on Thursday, May 7. 

The age criteria for contestants is that on or before July 1, 2020, 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 at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 10.  In addition, applications will be available on-line at www.ProFootballHOFEF.com. The deadline to submit the application and a $70 fee is Monday, March 23, by 5 p.m.

While not mandatory, all potential candidates are invited and encouraged to attend the ninth annual "Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant Informational Session" which will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 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 2019 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: kathyl@cantonchamber.org.

The Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant on Thursday, May 7 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 www.ProFootballHOFEF.com/QueenPageant.

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 www.ProFootballHOFEF.com.