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For the past 49 years, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to host the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. A unique partnership between these two community organizations, the professional staffs and more than 4,200 extraordinary volunteers work year-round in a true spirit of cooperation to plan the festivities which surround the central focus of the celebration – the enshrinement of football players, coaches, and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame – totaling 273 with the addition of the 2012 Class of Enshrinees. Since opening the museum on September 7, 1963, and the Enshrinement of the inaugural class of 17 football heroes, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has completed multiple expansions and improvements. The most recent is currently underway, and will provide an expanded fan experience as well as state-of-the-art preservation of historical artifacts. The project is aptly named The Future 50 Project because its completion in 2013 will coincide with our 50th anniversaries and provide the foundation for continued success in the next 50 years!
When ground was broken for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1962, supporters could only dream about what the future might hold. As the result of massive community support, this national shrine has earned a reputation as “America’s Premier Sports Museum and Showplace!” – and what started as a four-event festival has grown to 19 diverse events over 2011 two weeks, enjoyed by nearly 700,000 people. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is indeed “A One of a Kind Celebration!”
Pro Football Hall of Fame Pro Football Enshrinement Festival Hall of Fame
222 Market Avenue North 2121 George Halas Drive NW Canton, OH 44702 Canton, OH 44708 330-456-7253 330-456-8207 800-533-4302
QUEEN PAGEANT Young women from Stark County and surrounding communities compete for the title of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen. The queen and court help to welcome the current Class of Enshrinees to Canton for the festivities, but more importantly, they serve as goodwill ambassadors and role models for youngsters in the community while volunteering their time for a wide variety of civic organizations.
THU. MAY 10
CONCERT AND FIREWORKS There is no better way to celebrate the Enshrinement Festival than with a giant fireworks extravaganza! Join us in downtown Canton for family fun that starts with exciting musical entertainment, activities for the kids, and delectable treats for all. Then sit back and enjoy an extraordinary fireworks display by Zambelli – “the First Family of Fireworks!” – choreographed to music and best described as phenomenal!
SAT. JULY 28
BELDEN FOOD FEST & FIREWORKS Join in the fun and excitement as 65 hot air balloons take flight! This awesome spectacle delights approximately 130,000 spectators over three days. In combination with the fantastic Food Fest, this free event offers families the opportunity to enjoy dozens of food vendors, live music, childrenâ€™s activities, an illuminating Balloon Night Glow, and spectacular fireworks!
FRI. SAT. SUN. JULY 20, 21, 22
2-MILE AND 5-MILE RACES Nearly 1,900 people walk or run in the 2-Mile Race, 5-Mile Competitive Walk, 5-Mile Race and Kids Fun Run. Participants cross the finish line in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum, providing a super high-energy atmosphere and wonderful photo opportunities. Costumed characters accompany children six and under as they race to the finish in the 400 meter free Kids Fun Run, where everyone is a winner!
SUN. JULY 29 Register for Races at: http://bitly.com/2012races
Enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton with family and friends. A wide array of community youth groups, marching bands, antique vehicles, specialty units and a giant helium balloon participate in this spirit-filled community parade.
SUN. JULY 29
Join an enthusiastic crowd of more than 130,000 people over three days to enjoy finger-lickinâ€™ fabulous ribs from local and national vendors, plus a variety of specialty foods. Family-friendly entertainment includes a master sand sculptor and face painting â€“ and the chance to show your punt, pass, and kick skills at the Fantasy Football Zone of interactive inflatables. Then head for the grandstands each night for concerts b y r e g i o n a l a n d n at i o n a l l y renowned recording artists.
WED. THU. FRI. AUG. 1, 2, 3
Nearly 1,600 excited youngsters line a two-mile route to pass an official NFL football from the site in downtown Canton which was the birthplace of the NFL in 1920 to the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Emphasizing the importance of physical fitness starting at an early age, it’s also a great ceremonial kickoff to a special weekend of football.
THU. AUG. 2
FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON This fabulous luncheon and runway show is arguably the largest and most spectacular fashion show in Ohio! Football and fashion might seem like an unlikely mix, but it’s a perfect fit for the nearly 3,500 guests who enjoy a delectable lunch before the start of the show. State-ofthe-art sound, lighting, video, and musical entertainment combine to showcase the season’s hottest his and her fashions in a high energy production.
FRI. AUG. 3
ENSHRINEESâ€™ GOLD than 4,000 guests experience JACKET DINNER More an extraordinary evening of
cocktails, dinner, and football fantasy as a large contingent of returning Hall of Famers, NFL team owners and sports celebrities come together to honor the 2012 Class of Enshrinees. Hosted by an emcee of national acclaim, this is an evening to remember as the new class of enshrinees put on their Hall of Fame Gold Jackets, presented by Haggar, for the first time.
FRI. AUG. 3
FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION AT THE HALL OF FAME
FRI. AUG. 3
Enjoy dinner stations along with a beer and wine bar in the Grand VIP Tent on Hall of Fame grounds at this exclusive event. Then, watch a special live broadcast on monitors throughout the museum as the 2012 Class of Enshrinees make their first appearance and are presented with their Hall of Fame Gold Jackets. This is a great opportunity to explore the newly renovated museum at your leisure.
TIMKEN GRAND PARADE
SAT. AUG. 4
Giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, marching bands, antique vehicles, and specialty units are enjoyed by nearly 200,000 spectators along the 2.2 mile route and millions more watching the television broadcast of the Timken Grand Parade. Excitement abounds as fans welcome the 2012 Class of Enshrinees and more than 60 Hall of Famers riding in the parade.
AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS Preserve your football memories with autographs from Hall of Famers returning to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities. Multiple autograph sessions are held on the Pro Football Hall of Fame grounds throughout the weekend.
SAT. AUG. 4
ENSHRIN 1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Cornerback 6’1”, 200 College: St. Bonaventure
1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Center 6’2”, 288 College: Kentucky
NEES 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
Position: Defensive End/Linebacker 6’ 5”, 270 College: Pittsburgh
1990 - 2000 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Defensive Tackle 6’ 3”, 298 College: Northwest Mississippi Community College, Miami - Florida
1995-97 New England Patriots 1998-2005 New York Jets
Position: Running Back 5’11”, 207 College: Pittsburgh
1993-2001 New Orleans Saints 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
WILLIE ROAF Position: Tackle 6’5”, 300 College: Louisiana Tech
“FUTURE 50” EXPANSION AND RENOVATION PROJECT The “Future 50” Expansion and Renovation Project, the largest in the Hall of Fame’s history, will provide major enhancements to the visitor experience and accommodate the growing number of Hall of Fame guests, especially during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The expansion and renovation project has been dubbed the “Future 50” Project because its completion, scheduled for 2013, will coincide with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary and constitute the foundation for success in the next 50 years. The two-year, $27 million project is well underway. When combined with renovations of recent years, the “Future 50” Project will provide visitors with a completely new experience, including: New Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center New state-of-the-art, museum-quality environmental control system New main entrance and grand lobby with two-story atrium Complete renovation of the exhibition galleries located in the Hall of Fame’s original iconic two-story rotunda, and new gallery for temporary exhibits New indoor Event Center and outdoor event spaces Expanded Museum Store Enhancements to the museum’s surrounding campus
ENSHRINEMENT CELEBRATION FAN PARTY Before the marquee event, celebrate at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Enjoy plenty of lip-smacking barbeque and refreshing beverages in typical tailgate fashion as a deejay plays party music. Returning Hall of Famers will be on-hand for meet and greet opportunities. Your all-inclusive ticket includes a commemorative Class of 2012 rally towel.
SAT. AUG. 4
The focus of the entire Enshrinement Festival is the emotional Enshrinement Ceremony where the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame take their rightful place among pro footballâ€™s greatest players, coaches, and contributors. Joining the Class of 2012 on stage will be a large contingent of returning Hall of Famers to salute the newest members of their exclusive fraternity. Nowhere else can fans see so many of the gameâ€™s greatest former players gathered in one place at the same time. The Class of 2012 includes: Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf. With the addition of six members in the 2012 Class of Enshrinees, there are 273 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
SAT. AUG. 4
ENSHRINEES GAMEDAY ROUNDTABLE Talk about a football fanâ€™s fantasy! An enthusiastic crowd of 4,000 enjoy lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the newly inducted Class of Enshrinees. Itâ€™s an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where the Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers!
SUN. AUG. 5
FAN APPRECIATION TAILGATE PARTY Get the party started before the big game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tailgate in style on Hall of Fame grounds with an all-inclusive package featuring traditional tailgate food and beverages. Returning Hall of Famers will be on hand for meet and greet opportunities. Get pumped up for the big game with jock jams and an NFL/Hall of Fame Game souvenir.
SUN. AUG. 5
CLASS OF 2012 AUTOGRAPH SESSION Seize an extraordinary opportunity to secure the autographs of members of the Class of 2012 Enshrinees, including Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf.
SUN. AUG. 5
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium, adjacent to the Hall of Fame, is host to the annual NFL/ Hall of Fame Game. This yearâ€™s nationally televised preseason classic features the Arizona Cardinals vs. the New Orleans Saints.
SUN. AUG. 5
DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Drum Corps fans enjoy the pageantry of the best corps in America, at the peak of their performance just days before the world championships. Precision formations of high-stepping marchers and vibrantly colored costumes are sure to thrill music fans of all ages.
MON. AUG. 6
19 events over two weeks - many events are free - some require tickets - all are guaranteed to be fun! For tickets to: Ribs Burnoff Concerts, Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrineesâ€™ Gold Jacket Dinner, Timken Grand Parade, Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, and Drum Corps International please call: 330.458.2048 ProFootballHOFEF.com For tickets to: Friday Night Reception at the Hall of Fame, Enshrinement Ceremony, NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Autograph Sessions, Fan Parties and Fan Packages. please call: 330.456.8207 Profootballhof.com
PHOTO CONTEST SPONSORED BY:
Snapshot enthusiast or professional photographer? You are invited to enter the annual Photo Contest by taking your best shot at any OUTDOOR Enshrinement Festival event. You are limited only by your imagination! Cash prizes of $1800 may be awarded in a variety of categories, and one of your photographs may even be used in an Enshrinement Festival publication. Entry forms are available on the Enshrinement Festival website or at the Enshrinement Festival office: www.profootballhofef.com Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival 222 Market Avenue North Canton, OH 44702
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS FOR SUPPORTING THIS “ONE OF A KIND CELEBRATION!”
2012 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, MAY 10
QUEEN PAGEANT • Canton Palace Theatre FRIDAY, JULY 20
4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
JACKSON-BELDEN FOOD FEST • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses BALLOON CLASSIC & NIGHT GLOW • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses SATURDAY, JULY 21
6:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
BALLOON CLASSIC • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses JACKSON-BELDEN FOOD FEST & FIREWORKS
KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses BALLOON CLASSIC • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses
SUNDAY, JULY 22
BALLOON CLASSIC • KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses SATURDAY, JULY 28
CONCERT & FIREWORKS • Downtown Canton - Cornerstone Square SUNDAY, JULY 29
2-MILE AND 5-MILE RACES • Pro Football Hall of Fame
2:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 5:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
COMMUNITY PARADE • Downtown Canton WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 RIBS BURNOFF • Stark County Fairgrounds THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 FIRST PLAY 2012 • Downtown Canton to the Pro Football Hall of Fame RIBS BURNOFF • Stark County Fairgrounds FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 RIBS BURNOFF • Stark County Fairgrounds FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON • Civic Center/Cultural Center ENSHRINEES’ GOLD JACKET DINNER • Civic Center/Cultural Center FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION AT THE HALL OF FAME • Pro Football Hall of Fame
8:00 a.m. Noon 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY , AUGUST 4 TIMKEN GRAND PARADE • Downtown Canton MOUNTED MEMORIES AUTOGRAPH SESSION • Pro Football Hall of Fame ENSHRINEMENT CELEBRATION FAN PARTY • Pro Football Hall of Fame ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY • Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium SUNDAY , AUGUST 5 ENSHRINEES GAMEDAY ROUNDTABLE • Civic Center/Cultural Center CLASS OF 2012 AUTOGRAPH SESSION • Pro Football Hall of Fame FAN APPRECIATION TAILGATE PARTY • Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME • Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium MONDAY, AUGUST 6 DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION • Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Published on Apr 1, 2012
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