Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant seeking applicants

CANTON, OHIO (Feb. 6, 2012) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant applications and tickets will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 13, at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Enshrinement Festival department, located at 222 Market Ave. N., in downtown Canton, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The deadline to submit the application and a $68 application fee is Monday, Mar. 12, 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 fourth annual “Screen the Queen Pageant” session, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Canton Regional Chamber from 9 to 11 a.m. This session will help young ladies decide if they would like to enter the Pageant, and give them a better idea of what to expect if they do.

Participants will have the opportunity to review the 2011 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, informal session is FREE, but reservations must be made in advance by calling Kathy Lindenberger at (330) 458-2056.

The Queen Pageant will take place Thursday, May 10, at The Canton Palace Theatre. All seats are reserved at $18 each, and tickets can be purchased at the Canton Regional Chamber, Canton AAA and Massillon AAA.

At the conclusion of the Pageant, a Queen and six (6) 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 recently announced 2012 Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf. 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.

Kara Abbott has been named chair of the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen Committee. An 11-year committee member, this is her second year in this leadership role. As the 1995 Enshrinement Festival Queen, she has a unique perspective on the process and the qualifications necessary to attain the crown. Assisting her with leadership responsibilities will be Crystal McLendon, committee vice chair.

A Canton native, Abbott is a graduate of Central Catholic High School and Kent State University. In addition to her service on the Queen Committee, she volunteered for 10 years on the Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks Committee, and has modeled in the Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show for the past six years. Her community activities include past service as a United Way coordinator, and current service at St. Mary’s School in Massillon as coordinator of the Spirit Window, and member of the PTO and the Auction Committee. She and husband Steve are the proud parents of five children.

The Queen Committee is responsible for working with Enshrinement Festival staff in coordinating all activities relating to the Enshrinement Festival Queen and court and serving as chaperones during their community service activities and official event appearances.

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.

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