As I write this letter, it’s Friday afternoon of Enshrinement Week. The office is pretty empty as many reporters and staff are covering various events happening. Tonight is the Gold Jacket Dinner, and Saturday kicks off with The Canton Repository Grand Parade followed by the enshrinement in the evening.
Whether you’re in it for the food, the crafts or just here for the fireworks, there’s lots to love about a festival. Luckily for us, Stark County offers plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy local events, from the big gatherings to quirky small-town affairs. Here’s a look at five festivals worth a visit this summer.
For two weeks this summer, hundreds of thousands of people will celebrate some of the greatest players in the history of football. The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival begins July 22 and runs through August 6, with 17 major events scheduled throughout Stark County.
Joanne K. Murray is a Canton native who never has lived anywhere else—and has no desire to do so. The Lehman High School graduate who attended Kent State University at Stark began her career as an administrative assistant to Canton Mayor Stanley Cmich in 1968, a job she held for 15 years before entering the commercial real estate business for six years.
Para M. Jones is a Stark County girl through and through. She was born here, attended college at the University of Mount Union and has spent most of her career living and working in a place she’s proud to call home.
Every day of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival is packed full of great events. On August 3, bring the kids to the Hall for First Play at 10 a.m., and come back later for the Class of 2017 autograph session and the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. This year, it’s the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Dallas Cowboys at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Next in the line-up is the Gold Jacket Photo Op at 9:30 a.m. August 4. Don’t miss the Fashion Show Luncheon at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.