The 26th Annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Harvest and Herb Festival will be held Saturday, September 17 along Ada's Main Street. Booths open at 9 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m. but there will be SO much more going on all day long in downtown Ada!
One of the area's largest parades will begin at 10:00 a.m. It will form in front of the Ada Schools, and proceed east down Montford Avenue to Main Street. The parade will then proceed south on Main Street to College Avenue. If you would like to participate in the parade, please contact Anna Poling at 419-303-7234.
A 9/11 tribute has been organized by the Ada-Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, and it will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the entertainment area (Cole Motors' used vehicle lot at the corner of Buckeye and Main. Seating and a shaded area will be provided.). The crowning of the Festival Queen will take place in the same area at noon.
Live entertainment will continue at 12:15 p.m. with a performance by Common Thread from Columbus, Ohio, featuring one of Ada's own, Kevin Plaugher. At 1:15 p.m. Jim Boedicker and Mike Wright will take the stage. Jim and Mike delight audiences of all ages and no doubt will be in top form for this show. At 2:15 p.m., will be music by Josh Hawkins. The band, Kwik Fire will perform at 3:15 p.m.
At 1:00 p.m. there will be the NKTPA tractor pull sponsored by Liberty National Bank. Sign up for this event will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Ada Historic Depot.
In addition to live entertainment, the streets will be alive with more than 120 craft and food vendors. Some of the crafts that will be available along Main Street include herb and dried floral arrangements, woodcrafts, baskets, dolls and toys, quilts, pottery, needlework, and jewelry. The food booths feature many local service clubs and all of the great food that you have come to expect from a street festival. There is fun and enjoyment for the entire family!
The events downtown conclude at 4 p.m., but that doesn't mean the fun is over! At 5:30 p.m. in the tractor pull area of Ada's park, the third annual Punkin' Chunkin' will begin. Teams who have constructed hand made trebuchets or catapults will use them to hurl eight-pound pumpkins as far as they possibly can! This was an exciting event to watch last year, and we hope to see more teams competing. Enter the field from CR 50 east of the Ada corporation limit.
Please mark your calendars and plan to spend the day in Ada on September 17, for the 26th Annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Harvest and Herb Festival. For more information, please contact Scott and Arlene Allison at 419-634-1144.