Enshrinement caps a big week in Canton

CANTON, Ohio – The seven newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be enshrined Saturday night in ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m. ET. But the enshrinement is just the centerpiece of what is a week-long celebration for the good people of the Canton/Akron region.

Many local residents take their annual vacations to volunteer for duty, driving the class of 2010 and their families and making sure all the 80-plus returning Hall of Famers are well taken care of. They also flocked to downtown Canton for the parade that took place Saturday morning, after celebrating all week at the traditional Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff.

And for the record: Armadillo’s Ribs & BBQ, from Austintown, Ohio, won first place in the ribs competition for the fifth consecutive year. Even more impressive, Old Carolina Barbecue, in nearby Massillon, won the People’s Choice for the seventh consecutive year.

A pair of dynasties.

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