Entertainment and Food Lineup Announced for Canton Kickoff Celebration

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has announced the food vendors (to date) and entertainment lineup for the all-new Canton Kickoff Celebration happening in downtown Canton this September 10-12, 2015.

The event includes two food areas, each with a distinct look and feel. The first is Taste of the Hall of Fame City, comprised of white tents which will feature small plates available for purchase ($2-$6 each) from a diverse array of area restaurants including Almost Heaven Ice Cream, Baja West Coast Kitchen, Basil, Kabab & Curry, Pancho’s Southwestern Grille, Peace, Love & Little Donuts, Sparta Steak House and Tim’s Tavern. These vendors will be located along Market Avenue North between Second and Third Streets.

The second area is the EMP End Zone Tailgate, which will be a casual football-themed outdoor space. Everyone’s festival favorites like burgers, barbeque, brats, fried Oreos, and even Asian-inspired food truck fare will be available for purchase. The EMP End Zone Tailgate Lot, which is bordered by Cleveland and Court Avenues/Fourth and Fifth Streets, will include the following vendors: Destefano’s LLC, Hide-A-Way Buffalo Grill, Johns Gyro King Concessions, LaDow’s Concessions, Lil John Concessions, Old Carolina Barbecue Company and Smoke the Burger Joint, Snell Concessions, Umami Bites, Jack on the Bone and Island Delights.

The main entertainment stage will be located on Market Avenue North along Market Square, featuring a diverse lineup of local and regional musical acts. A second smaller stage will be located in the EMP Tailgate End Zone lot featuring solo artists and/or deejays.

Market Ave. Stage Lineup:
Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:00 p.m.:  Disco Inferno (1970s hits)
Friday, Sept. 11, 7:00 p.m.: New Wave Nation (1980s rock)
Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:00 p.m.: Chris Higbee (Rock/Country) 

On Saturday night following Higbee’s performance will be a breathtaking fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.

In addition to two distinct food areas, live music, and fireworks, the Canton Kickoff Celebration promises football-themed fun for the whole family, including kids’ activities, themed “selfie” stations, Arts District activities, craft beers/wine, a special appearance from two Gold Jackets/Hall of Famers on Thursday, and the Gold Jacket 5K National Championship on Sunday!

For more information visit:  www.ProFootballHOFEF.com or call Andrea Hartman, event manager, at 330-458-2054.


Nominations for the Community Salute Awards Due by Sept. 7

Each year, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes the area’s unsung heroes at the Community Salute Awards by honoring select individuals, corporations, businesses and organizations for outstanding contributions to the Canton/Stark County community.

This year’s awards dinner will take place Wednesday, Nov. 4, at The Conference Center, Kent State University at Stark.

Nominations for this award are due by Monday, Sept. 7, and can be completed online at www.CantonChamber.org.

Awards are presented in two categories, the Award of Merit and the Award of Appreciation.

The Award of Merit is awarded to a single individual for continuous civic activities and dedication that goes beyond business or professional responsibilities.

Awards of Appreciation honor any or all of the following for outstanding performance that benefits the community:

  • Corporations, business and organizations: the winner must have enhanced the welfare of Stark County citizens through outstanding success in business or service.
  • Individual business professionals: the winner must have demonstrated outstanding performance in his or her profession, which ultimately benefits the community at large.
  • Individuals in Chamber of Commerce work: the winner must consistently and for an extended period, have demonstrated outstanding performance on behalf of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, producing benefits to the civic or business community.
  • Individuals in short-term activity: the winner must have initiated and completed a short-term activity resulting in widespread benefits to the community.

The 2015 Community Salute Awards will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and award presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. Visit www.CantonChamber.org for more information, to nominate outstanding individuals and businesses in our community, or to register.

Chamber Opposes Proposed Ohio Amendment Legalizing Marijuana

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is announcing its opposition to a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment that would permit growing, processing and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal use. The organization promoting this amendment calls itself ResponsibleOhio.

The Canton Regional Chamber opposes the amendment out of concern for member businesses that strive to hire and maintain a drug-free workforce.

The Chamber also is announcing its support for a constitutional amendment brought forth by the Ohio Legislature that would make it difficult to use the Ohio Co nstitution for creation of a business monopoly.

The Chamber believes that the ResponsibleOhio proposal is attempting to create a business monopoly by using the state Constitution to limit commercial growing of marijuana to 10 specific sites, one of them in Alliance.

Both the marijuana amendment and the anti-business monopoly amendment will be presented to voters in the Nov. 3 election. Regardless of the outcome of the November vote in Ohio, marijuana would remain illegal under federal law.

“In our strategic plan, we are dedicated to helping foster a qualified, competent workforce for business success, which leads to job growth,” said Canton Regional Chamber President and CEO Dennis P. Saunier. “Our opposition to ResponsibleOhio is based on workforce concerns: qualifying new employees for a drug-free workplace, maintaining a drug-free workplace, and unclear consequences for employers who have workers with medicinal marijuana prescriptions from physicians.”

Though many of the largest employers among the Canton Regional Chamber’s 1,600 members have concerns about ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana proposal, Saunier said that the concerns are likely to be greater for small and medium-sized businesses because they do not have large human resources and legal departments to deal with this issue.

Over the last few months, the Chamber consulted with representatives of both large and small businesses. It surveyed business leaders associated in various ways with the Chamber. Finally, Chamber leaders met three times with representatives of ResponsibleOhio in an attempt to clearly understand their proposal.

The Canton Regional Chamber will speak and write in opposition to ResponsibleOhio’s proposal between now and the Nov. 3 vote. It also will urge voters to support the effort to put severe limits on well funded campaigns that would create business monopolies within the state’s Constitution.

The investors in ResponsibleOhio who would control the 10 growing sites are prepared to spend $20 million to persuade Ohio voters to approve their amendment. ResponsibleOhio’s television campaign began during the broadcast of the Republican presidential debate in Cleveland earlier this month.

For more information on the Canton Regonal Chamber’s position on this issue, please contact David Kaminski, vice president of public policy and energy, at 330.458.2059 or davidk@cantonchamber.org.

Tom Gellrich, Founder of Topline Analytics, to Speak at Utica Summit III

Tom-Gellrich-podiumWill an ethane cracker be built in Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia? If so, when? Tom Gellrich, founder of TopLine Analytics in Philadelphia, is constantly looking for the answers to these questions. He will speak here again at Utica Summit III on Oct. 13.

Utica Summit III, a co-production of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Shaledirectories.com and The Repository, takes a broad look at Utica Shale energy development, particularly the downstream benefits to manufacturing, transportation and energy generation. Once again, the summit will be held at the University Center at Kent Sate University Stark in suburban Jackson Township.

An ethane cracker processes ethane, a gas found in abundance in the Utica Shale, and turns it into ethylene and polyethylene, a material that can be manufactured into tens of thousands of plastics products. Gellrich is a student of the ethane market who promotes ethane as a catalyst for increased manufacturing growth in the United States. He helps companies prepare for the energy and manufacturing changes that will come from what he calls “the shale gas tsunami.”

A few companies, among them Shell Chemical in Beaver County, Pa., are considering the multibillion-dollar investment that is an ethane cracker. None of the projects have begun. “The cracker projects in the (Appalachian) basin are now all stalled or in slow play for a variety of reasons,” Gellrich said. “However some innovative new alliances and new parties are in the wings, which could open up the logjam.”

Gellrich holds a degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has extensive experience in Europe. His interests expand into guest lecturer for the St. Joseph’s University Executive MBA program, and as a board member for the 3E Institute (Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship). Tom is a sought-after speaker in  industry conferences, bringing innovative ideas to established industries.

To register for Utica Summit III go to www.uticasummit.com. Sponsorship information is available from David Kaminski at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce: (330) 458-2059 or davidk@cantonchamber.org. 

2015 TimkenSteel Grand Parade Float Award Winners

TimkenSteel Grand Parade Chairman, Joanna James, announced the 2015 float award winners as selected by the following panel of judges: Kevin Krauch, Diebold Incorporated,  Annapolis, Maryland; Maura Shibley, Executive Director, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation, Cleveland, OH; and Edward Morrison, Dawson Insurance, Akron, OH.

The following is a complete list of the 2015 TimkenSteel Grand Parade float award winners:

GRAND PRIZE – Best overall entry in the parade11866209_10153601205294170_6492748314788871762_n

Scouting… Taking Adventure to New Heights, Sponsored by: Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America

BUILDERS’ AWARD – Best professional builder entry

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

OHIO STATE AWARD – Best non-professional builder entry

Freedom Isn’t Free, Sponsored by: 5 Point United Methodist Parish

ENSHRINEES’ AWARD – Most effective use of color harmony

Ohio Lottery, Sponsored by: Ohio Lottery Commission

MAYOR’S AWARD – Best display of animation

Learning is Our Game Plan, Sponsored by: Brown Mackie College

HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ AWARD – Most original concept

Wounded Warrior Project, Sponsored by: Wounded Warrior Project

NFL AWARD – Best use of flowers or natural covering

Louisville Constitution Day Queen & Court, Sponsored by Louisville Chamber of Commerce

JANICE C. MEYER AWARD – Best display of enthusiasm

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

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit

Woodlawn, Sponsored by: Pure Flix Entertainment

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit

Central Catholic State Champion Baseball Team- Division III State Champions, Sponsored by: Gervasi Vineyard

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD – For exceptional merit

HealthSpot, Sponsored by: HealthSpot

The 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 TimkenSteel 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.

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.

Canton Farmers’ Market Moves to Different Day/Time/Location for This Weekend Only

This week’s Canton Farmers’ Market will be moved to Friday, Aug. 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Aultman Hospital. The move is being made for one week only in order to accommodate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events happening in downtown Canton.
Aultman Hospital is located at 2600 Sixth St. SW in Canton, and the market will be at the Sixth Street Circle near Darthmouth. 

Customers can shop more than 25 vendors, offering a variety of local products including fresh produce, baked goods, artisan breads, meats, cheeses, eggs, locally made items and more. At this special market, visitors will enjoy live local music from Mary Pusateri and can take advantage of free health screenings from Aultman Hospital Working on Wellness. Customers can also enjoy lunch deals from B.A.M. Healthy Cuisine (Cash or Credit).
On Saturday, Aug.15, the Canton Farmers’ Market will return to its home location in downtown Canton at the Timken High School Administrative Building Parking Lot on Fourth Street and McKinley Ave NW. The market will be open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. offering a large range of activities and even greater vendor selection.
The Canton Farmers’ Market is presented by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, and sponsored by Aultman Health Foundation, The Repository, News-Talk WHBC AM & Mix 94.1, and The City of Canton.
For questions, contact market manager Erin Thompson at erint@cantonchamber.org or (330) 458-2072. Visit the Canton Farmers’ Market online at www.cantonfarmersmarket.com.

51 Balloons Set to Fly This Weekend at the Balloon Classic

The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks will be this Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College campuses.  
“The Enshrinement Festival’s Balloon Classic, in its 30th year, is highly regarded in the ballooning world as a premier event,” noted Maury Sullivan, long-time event director. “The quality of our event is evident by the dozens of pilots who return to fly Stark County’s skies year after year.” 
Sugardale Pig
Approximate times for scheduled flights, weather permitting, will be Friday at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. There will be 51 sport, commercial and special shape hot air balloons, including The Pig, SnoBird, Puddy Tat, Tweety Bird, El Fonz, Little Pirate, and 3 Wise Monkeys.
The participating pilots have impressive credentials and hail from 10 different states, including 27 from Ohio. Canton is only one of the many locations participating pilots have seen from a bird’s-eye view. Many of these pilots have flown all over the world, including Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Soviet Union and Spain.Ballooning activities over the weekend include:

  • Some pilots will compete in a team format, while others will fly “fiesta” in a non-competitive format, with an available prize package of $17,500.
  • Spectators can marvel at the “Night Glow,” sponsored by Fresh Express/Fishers Foods, on Friday at 9:30 p.m. when they illuminate their balloon envelopes while tethered at the launch field.
  • The Balloon Education Area, sponsored by Smucker’s Uncrustables, will provide a special opportunity for adults and children to enter a fully inflated balloon envelope and learn about the envelope, balloon basket and burners.

Balloons_FroelichResidents of Stark County can participate in the ballooning excitement by allowing a balloon to land on their property. To signal pilots for landing, place a white sheet in a 200’ x 200’ grassy area. The landing area must be clear of trees and power lines, as well as allow enough space for the balloon to land. The pilots offer landowners the chance to win a $100 U.S. Savings Bond in appreciation of land use.

Great food and entertainment are also on tap at the Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks on Friday and Saturday evenings. There will be a variety of food vendors,  playground of inflatables for children, musical concerts, and of course fireworks on Saturday night at 10:00 p.m.
Friday night musical entertainment lineup:
Blues in School – 4:30 p.m.
Hey Monea! – 6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.
Joe Vitale Jr. – 7:10 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chris Higbee – 8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers – 9:45 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.
Saturday night musical entertainment lineup:
Tom Frietchen Band – 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Phillip Fox Band – 8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Phillip Fox Band – 10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks event is presented through a cooperative effort between the Canton Regional and Jackson-Belden Chambers of Commerce. For more information, call Andrea Hartman at (330) 458-2054, or visit the Enshrinement Festival Web site at www.profootballhofef.com