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Get ready for an Ada football festival

Here's what's happening in Ada on Aug. 25

The  schedule of events has been set for the third Made in Ada Football Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The festival both celebrates Ada’s connection to the sport, as all footballs used in the National Football League are made in Ada’s Wilson football factory, and helps kick off the 2018 football season. The festival is sponsored by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Wilson.
The day begins with an ONU intra-squad football practice at 9 a.m. and concludes with the now-famous football drop at 10 p.m.

The kickoff ceremony is slated for noon and will include a pep rally featuring a color guard and the ONU and Ada High School (AHS) marching bands. In addition, ONU football coach Dean Paul and AHS football coach Shawn Christopher will speak.
A highlight of this year’s festival, which has been moved from Super Bowl eve, is an opportunity for people to watch the Wilson footballs being made. A total of 60 commemorative footballs will be on sale for $75 each during the festival.
Grand prizes for the raffle will be announced at 9:30 p.m. Tickets will be drawn every 30 minutes starting at 7 p.m. for all other prizes. The top prize is a Big Green Egg grill/smoker,  a $25 gift card to the local grocery, and a Wilson football.

Second prize is an overnight stay at The Inn of ONU and a gift basket.
Following is the schedule. All events will be at the Ada Railroad Depot Park, unless otherwise noted.
· 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ONU intra-squad practice. ONU Dial-Robertson Stadium
· 11 a.m. Ticket sales begin for 60 Wilson commemorative footballs
· 11 a.m. Outdoor tailgating begins
· Noon. Kickoff ceremony
· 1 p.m. Football U for You with ONU coaches
· 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Watch Wilson footballs being made
· 2 p.m. Free movie, “The Blind Side,” Ada Theatre, 215 S. Main St. The 2009 movie stars Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, and Tim McGraw
· 3 p.m. Passing challenge for youth
· 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tailgating games; Dusty Donley, emcee; Football piñata for youth
· 5 p.m. Football design and technology program by Wilson engineers
· 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Raffle prize drawings and entertainment by Chantel and the Thirsty Monkeys
· 10 p.m. Football drop
Sponsors include:

Liberty National  Bank, Lewis Family McDonald’s, Ohio Northern University, Quest Federal Credit Union, Vancrest of Ada, Wilson, Bluffton Hospital, Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Jim Beam, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, Ada Icon, Ada VFW, Bass Trucking, Tavern 101, Viva Maria, Amburgey Construction, Cole-Humphrey Insurance, Don Traxler-Watkins Products, Gallery for the Arts, Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Interim Healthcare Hospice, Jalapenos Mexican Grill, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, attorney Peter Previte, The Inn at ONU, and U.S. Bank.