2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic & 5K Cancelled

Due to several significant factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with a heavy heart that the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce announces the cancellation of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 and the Up, Up & Away 5K scheduled for Aug. 1.

The decision follows discussions with university leadership, as well as health and safety officials, regarding the feasibility of holding these two large community events in the current climate. After exploring multiple options, all were in agreement it is not possible to mitigate the magnitude of the logistical challenges required to successfully produce the events, while adhering to the guidelines mandated by the State of Ohio, as well as Kent State University’s official, multi-phased return-to-campus plan that does not permit in-person events until at least mid-August.

While cancelling these events is deeply disappointing for everyone involved, ultimately the health and safety of the attendees and participants, vendors, sponsors, entertainment, staff, volunteers and event partners must come first.

“We support our Chamber partners in this decision. Public health is our utmost concern as we all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” said Denise A. Seachrist, dean and chief administrative officer at Kent State Stark. “While we will miss these spectacular summer events, held on our beautiful, 200-acre campus each year, we’ll look forward to celebrating with our community in 2021.”

For more information about the Balloon Classic and Up, Up & Away 5K, please contact Joanne Murray, vice president of community events and sponsorships, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, at 330-458-2050 or joannem@cantonchamber.org.

POSTED: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 10:47am
UPDATED: Monday, June 29, 2020 - 10:49am
Kent State University at Stark and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce