GRAND PRIZE: Best overall entry in the parade Scouting…Our Story Continues, sponsored by: Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America
BUILDERS’ AWARD: Best professional builder entry Balloons Over Aultman, sponsored by: Aultman Health Foundation
OHIO STATE AWARD: Best non-professional builder entry Our Fallen Heroes, sponsored by: Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism
ENSHRINEES’ AWARD: Most effective use of color harmony Louisville Constitution Queen and Court, sponsored by: Louisville Chamber of Commerce
MAYOR’S AWARD: Best display of animation Saving Lives, Big and Small, sponsored by: Akron Children’s Hospital
HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ AWARD: Most original concept Celebrate…50 Years for the Hall of Fame and 75 Years for CSE, sponsored by: CSE Federal Credit Union
NFL AWARD: Best use of flowers or natural covering Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen’s Float, sponsored by: Malone University
JANICE C. MEYER AWARD: Best display of enthusiasm The 12th Man Float, sponsored by: Akron Auto Auction
EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD: For exceptional merit Hall of Fame Anniversary Classes, sponsored by: Solmet Technologies
EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD: For exceptional merit Freedom Isn’t Free, sponsored by: 5 Point United Methodist ParishThe Timken Grand Parade has been a tradition since 1963 when 40,000 spectators attended the first parade. Since then, it has grown to a crowd of 200,000 lining the 2.2 mile parade route each year and millions more viewing it via television broadcast. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Timken Grand Parade is one of the largest in the nation, and the Enshrinement Festival has been voted one of the top 100 attractions in North America by the American Bus Association. The parade typically features approximately 115 entries, including spectacular floats, marching bands, helium balloons, clowns and costume characters, unique specialty units, and the current class of Enshrinees and their presenters. This year the Parade will also feature a large contingent of Hall of Famers returning to Canton for their Golden Anniversary Reunion. For more news and a complete schedule of the remaining Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events, visit the web site: www.profootballhofef.com.
ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL FACTSIn 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 50th anniversary 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 19 diverse events from July 19 to Aug. 6, 2013. 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. 3 Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2013 Enshrinees: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.