Balloon Classic & Jackson Belden Food Fest & Fireworks • Ribs Burnoff
CANTON, OHIO (April 9, 2013) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has named the following key committee chairs: Randy Reed, Balloon Classic, Todd Hawke, Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks, and Brian Harbert, Ribs Burnoff.
Reed is an escrow officer at Title One, Inc. and is a long-time Enshrinement Festival volunteer, previously serving on the Ribs Burnoff Committee for 21 years, including two years as chairman. A graduate of East Canton High School and the former Stark Technical College, he is married to Jay. He is a past president and chairman of the board of Canton Jaycees, JCI Senatorship and WCR Affiliate of the Year. In addition to his support of the Jaycees, he has been active member of East Canton Rotary and the Stark County Association of Realtors.
Assisting Reed as the event proudly celebrates its 27th anniversary this year is vice chairman Casey Weisend. What started in 1986 with 25 balloons at Weis Park has grown to a capacity field of nearly 70 balloons on the campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College, with nearly 125,000 people enjoying the two-and-a-half-day event.
The Balloon Luminary was added in 1993 and is currently known as the Night Glow. An a further milestone was marked in 1995 when the Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks came under the umbrella of the Enshrinement Festival, joining forces with the Balloon Classic. This great partnership continues today.
The Food Fest Committee is chaired this year by Todd Hawke, principal at GDK & Company, and also current Jackson Township Trustee. He is a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School and Ohio Wesleyan University, and has served in various capacities on the Food Fest Committee since 2002. He is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio and American Cancer Society of Stark County. He and wife Tricia have one son and one daughter.
Hawke will be assisted in the planning and staging of the Food Fest by vice chairman Carles Moore.
It’s important to remember that the Balloon Classic and Food Fest activities this year will again take place one week earlier than was tradition for many years. The Balloon Classic and Food Fest activities will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19, 20, and 21 so as not to be in conflict with several other major ballooning events throughout the country.
The combined Balloon Classic/Food Fest event will include a wide variety of food and beverage vendors, children’s activity area, musical entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.
Harbert, director of Aultman Management Services Organization, is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Walsh University. A long-time Ribs Burnoff Committee volunteer, this is his first year as chairman, and he previously chaired the Cash Control sub-committee. He is vice president of Our Lady of Peace Men’s Club and past finance chair for the American Cancer Society Canton Relay for Life. He and wife Laurie are the proud parents of two daughters.
Another long-time Ribs Burnoff Committee volunteer, Darren Faye, is serving as vice chairman of the committee. Together, they will oversee all aspects of the Ribs Burnoff, which will take place July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 at Stark County Fairgrounds. Special attractions include a wide variety of rib and specialty food vendors, beverages, children’s entertainment area, fantasy football zone of interactive inflatables, enormous sand sculpture and musical entertainment.
ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL FACTS
In 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.