Grillmaster, Gary Ludwig, flips hamburgers at the Lions Club booth during the 2011 Harvest and Herb Festival.
Grillmaster, Gary Ludwig, flips hamburgers at the Lions Club booth during the 2011 Harvest and Herb Festival.
ADA - With summer winding down and fall right around the corner, our thoughts often turn to pumpkins, cornstalks, and decorating our homes for the season. If this sounds like you, or if you just like a great town festival, then you will be in a pumpkin-induced heaven as the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 27th Harvest and Herb Festival this Saturday, Sept. 15, on Main Street in Ada.

Over 150 craft, vendor, and food booths will line Main Street, selling everything from hot dogs and hamburgers, to candles and home décor. Booths will open up at 9 a.m., followed by the Harvest and Herb Festival parade, one of the biggest in the region, at 10 a.m. The parade will start on Grand Avenue in front of Ada Schools and make its way down Montford Avenue to Main Street. It will then make its way south on Main Street before finishing up on College Avenue. Highlights of the parade traditionally include the Ada High School Marching Band and the girls of the Harvest and Herb Queen Court.

If entertainment is what you're after, then be sure to get a spot under the tent at the Cole Motors parking lot for a full day of music and more. The show kicks off at noon with the Ada High School Marching Band performing the National Anthem, followed by the crowning of the 2012 Harvest and Herb Queen, and a special appearance by the reigning Miss Ohio, ONU student, Elissa McCracken. The Ada High School Cheerleaders will whip the crowd into a spirited purple-and-gold frenzy at 12:30 p.m.

Common Thread, featuring Ada alum Kevin Plaugher, starts off the musical performances at 1:15 p.m. Local musicians Mike Wright and Jim Boedicker will take the stage at 2:15 p.m., and Kwik Fire will close out the day beginning at 3:15 p.m.

There is fun for the little tykes also. Registration for the Liberty National Kiddie Tractor Pull begins at 12:30 p.m., in the Ada Rail Road Park. The competition begins at 1 p.m.

So come on down to Main Street on Saturday for the 27th Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Harvest and Herb Festival. Whether your taste leans towards pumpkins, gourds, and scarecrows, or festival delicacies such as tacos-in-a-bag and ribbon fries, there is something for everyone at this hometown festival. Hope to see you there!