Timken Grand Parade 2013 float winners announced

CANTON, OHIO (Aug. 2, 2013) – Timken Grand Parade Chairman John Fehrenbach has announced the 2013 float award winners as selected by the following panel of judges: Don Drumm, Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, Akron, Ohio; John Turner, KHS USA, Inc., Sarasota, Fla.; and Robin VanLear, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

There were a total of 11 float entries this year, and all of them will be seen in Saturday morning’s Timken Grand Parade beginning at 8 a.m. in downtown Canton.

The following is a complete list of the 2013 Timken Grand Parade float award winners:

GRAND PRIZE: Best overall entry in the parade
Scouting…Our Story Continues, sponsored by: Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America

BUILDERS’ AWARD: Best professional builder entry
Balloons Over Aultman, sponsored by: Aultman Health Foundation

OHIO STATE AWARD: Best non-professional builder entry
Our Fallen Heroes, sponsored by: Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism

ENSHRINEES’ AWARD: Most effective use of color harmony
Louisville Constitution Queen and Court, sponsored by: Louisville Chamber of Commerce

MAYOR’S AWARD: Best display of animation
Saving Lives, Big and Small, sponsored by: Akron Children’s Hospital

HOF BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ AWARD: Most original concept
Celebrate…50 Years for the Hall of Fame and 75 Years for CSE, sponsored by: CSE Federal Credit Union

NFL AWARD: Best use of flowers or natural covering
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen’s Float, sponsored by: Malone University

JANICE C. MEYER AWARD: Best display of enthusiasm
The 12th Man Float, sponsored by: Akron Auto Auction

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD: For exceptional merit
Hall of Fame Anniversary Classes, sponsored by: Solmet Technologies

EXCEPTIONAL MERIT AWARD: For exceptional merit
Freedom Isn’t Free, sponsored by: 5 Point United Methodist Parish

The Timken 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 Timken 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. This year the Parade will also feature a large contingent of Hall of Famers returning to Canton for their Golden Anniversary Reunion.

For more news and a complete schedule of the remaining Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events, visit the web site: http://www.profootballhofef.com.

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.

For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and latest news, check the web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.

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