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The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the annual Enshrinement Festival will be celebrating 51 years of excellence in 2014, with the first event being the Queen Pageant on May 8.  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 are available on-line at www.profootballhofef.com. The deadline to submit the application and a $70 fee is Monday, March 10, 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. While not mandatory, all potential candidates are invited and encouraged to attend the fifth annual "Screen the Queen Pageant" 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 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 2013 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, 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 Pageant on Thursday, May 8 will begin at 7 p.m. at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $20 each (prices subject to additional processing fee and handling charge).  For tickets, please visit our website www.profootballhofef.com or call (330) 458-2048. At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and 7 court members will have been selected on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.  The number of court members selected will coincide with the number of members of the Class of 2014 Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is comprised of linebacker Derrick Brooks, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Claude Humphrey, tackle Walter Jones, wide receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Michael Strahan, and cornerback/safety Aeneas Williams. 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.) 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. ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL FACTS: In 2014, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 51st year of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Canton Regional Chamber and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 20 diverse events from July 18 through Aug. 4, 2014. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $32 million for the Canton/Stark County area and $56 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media. The central focus and highlight of this year’s Enshrinement Festival will be the Aug. 2 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2014 Enshrinees. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.