The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival recently celebrated 53 years of excellence with a wide variety of unique and diverse events for the enjoyment of nearly 700,000 people.  The festivities were indeed a celebration of excellence, and the following were winners in various competitions and categories:


This year’s celebration along the 2.2 mile Canton Repository Grand Parade route featured the Class of 2016 Enshrinees and included a large contingent of returning Gold Jackets/Hall of Famers. Parade spectators were treated to the sights and sounds of 13 giant helium balloons, 2 marching bands, 12 floats, and 23 specialty units, as well as antique vehicles, animal units, and much, much, more.  Specialty units like the giant walking flag, The South Shore Drill Team from Chicago, and the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile were crowd favorites, as were the Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and Green Bay Packers TundraLine.

Prizes were awarded to the following float entries:

  • GRAND PRIZE – Best overall entry in the parade

Local 540 Union Sponsored by: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

  • BUILDERS’ AWARD – Best professional builder entry

The 12th Man Float, Sponsored by: Akron Auto Auction

  • OHIO STATE AWARD – Best non-professional builder entry

Newcomer’s Chapel Veterans Float Sponsored by: Newcomer’s Chapel United Methodist Church

  • ENSHRINEES’ AWARD – Most effective use of color harmony

Monopoly Millionaires’ Club Sponsored by: Ohio Lottery Commission

  • MAYOR’S AWARD – Best display of animation

Todd T. Taylor, Let Freedom Ring Sponsored by: St. Joseph Federal Credit Union

  • HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ AWARD – Most original concept

Louisville Constitution Day Queen and Court Sponsored by: Louisville Chamber of Commerce

  • NFL AWARD – Best use of flowers or natural covering

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen and Court Sponsored by: Malone University

  • JANICE C. MEYER AWARD – Best display of enthusiasm

Safety, Health, and Wellness Sponsored by: Stark County Safety Council

  • EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit

Truth, Scholarship, Excellence, St. Thomas Aquinas High School Sponsored by: Ample Storage

  • EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit

Sam’s Club Gives Back Sponsored by: Sam’s Club

  • EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit

M3 Money Club Sponsored by: CSE Federal Credit Union

In the The Canton Repository Grand Parade “Battle of the Bands” competition, first place was awarded to the GlenOak Golden Eagle Marching Band under the direction of Chris Irwin.  For its efforts, the band received a $500 gift certificate from Pellegrino Music & Lesson Center.  Massillon Tiger Swing Band received second place honors, and North Canton Hoover High School Band placed third in the competition. Each also will receive Pellegrino’s gift certificates valued at $300 and $200, respectively.

The Battle of the Bands, an integral part of the The Canton Repository Grand Parade, is open to any high school band participating in the parade. Performances are evaluated on tone, intonation, ensemble execution and musical content by three judges with extensive marching band experience, and who are not directly associated with any participating marching band.


The Tour of Champions event series consists of exciting live entertainment featuring the following top world class corps.  Spectators at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on August 8th had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more! 

The corps were at their peak performance levels just days before the world championships, and final scores were as follows:

1st place:  Bluecoats (Canton, OH), 94.950

2nd place:  Carolina Crown (Ft. Mill, SC), 94.800

3rd place:  The Cadets (Allentown, PA), 91.800

4th place: Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA), 91.775

5th place: The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL), 90.250

6th place:  Blue Knights (Denver, Co), 87.850

7th place:  Madison Scouts (Madison, WI), 84.500

8th place:  Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL), 0.000



Just five days later on August 13th, after 44 years of operation, the 2016 Bluecoats were crowned Drum Corps International World Champion at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana!  With a score of 97.650, the corps walked away with its first-ever gold medal, in its final competition of the season.  “Down Side Up” was a program that will forever change the Bluecoats organization, and the entire drum corps activity.