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May 27, 2020

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In case your forgot, Saturday is a big day in Ada

34th annual Harvest and Herb Festival

It’s Harvest and Herb Festival weekend in Ada, in case it slipped your mind.

The 34th annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored festival closes Main Street Ada all day on Saturday.

 It will offer over 150 craft vendors, a kid’s area, parade, crowning of a festival queen and many food booths.

Several new features are part of this year’s festival. The feature making the most noise is a scheduled flyover by a St. Rita’s-Mercy Health helicopter to signal the start of the 10 a.m. parade.

Ada fifth grade twin sisters, Gabriella and Sophia, will lead the parade and will carry the festival banner. They are daughters of Garrett and Jennifer Fleming. This is the second year for the twin parade marshal tradition. Last year Bruce and Brian Marshall carried the festival banner.

Here’s the festival schedule:
• 6 a.m. – Main Street closed to traffic; open for vendor set up
• 9 a.m. – Craft booths officially open
• 9 a.m. – Parade line up at Ada school|
• 10 a.m. – Festival parade down Main Street
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Kids’ area at railroad depot
   Includes face painting by Art Me, 38-foot inflatable obstacle course,
   Hickle pony rides
• Noon – crowning of Harvest and Herb queen, caboose area of railroad park|
• Weather permitting – Findlay Corvette Club car display
• 4 p.m. - Festival closes

While the event includes countless craft vendors, many Ada churches and organizations and Ohio Northern organizations also have booths. Another special feature, located in front of The Gallery for Arts, 115 S. Main St., is a portrait artist.

Main Street will be closed to traffic on the north end of Ada at State Route 81. The street will be closed on the south end at College Avenue. Streets crossing Main between SR 81 and College will be blocked off.

Ten candidates vie for the title of 2019 Ada Harvest and Herb Festival queen, according to Arlene Allison, coordinator of the competition.