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Itinerary for Aug. 13 Farmers & Merchants Picnic

If you think the poster for the 2022 Farmers & Merchants Picnic shows a busy day at Ada War Memorial Park on August 13, that's not the half of it.

Eva Wolke provided the Icon with a full itinerary for the day, ranging from all the acts in the talent show, the lineup for the dunk tank and the generous sponsors that make the event possible.

Let's begin with this note: volunteers are still needed, especially in the kitchen. Visit to support the event as a volunteer.

9:30 a.m. - PARADE
The parade will culminate at the park and come up S. Park Drive.




  • Dave Dellifield will be the emcee
  • Ada High School Marching Band will play the national anthem
  • Boy Scout Troop 124 will raise the flag
  • Band and cheerleaders will perform AHS fight song
  • F&M Picnic Prince and Princess crowning
  • Address by Mayor Retterer
  • Welcome by Bob Szuch, park board member

11:00 a.m. - Pedal Tractor Pull

1:00 p.m. - Noteworthy Community Choir under the direction of Vicki Mills

1:45 p.m. - Elvis Impersonator

2:00 p.m. - Talent show. The audience will vote by submitting tickets for a performer. 1st place prize - $500, 2nd place - $300, 3rd place - $100. Performers are:

  • Rick Hickey
  • Jessie Lisowski
  • Dilan Peirce
  • Abbey Anderson
  • Eli Anderson
  • Ava Curl
  • Liza Myers
  • Carisa Temple
  • Victoria Christy
  • Osborne sisters

3:00 p.m. - Live band; Spit Snake Johnson and Rattlers

6:00 p.m. - Raffle main prize drawing



9:30 a.m. - Truck & Semi Show at back ball diamonds

11:00 a.m. - 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Greased Pig Gontest; Chase at 3 pm

12:00 p.m. Cornhole Tournament - At the old horseshoe area, between bandshell and 4H shelter. Coordinated by Beantown Baggers.

12:30 p.m. - Fowling (a new game that combines cornhole and bowling; throw a football at pins; video) by 4H Shelter


ALL DAY EVENTS 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Dunk Tank with the following volunteers:

  • 11:00 a.m. - Dan Lee
  • 12 noon - Ben Thaxton
  • 1:00 p.m. -  Keith Everhardt
  • 2:00 p.m. - Doug Dewese
  • 3:00 p.m. - Joey Carl
  • 4:00 p.m. - Nick Simon
  • 5:00 p.m. - Shawn Christopher

Bessie Bingo

Quarters in the straw search - age groups - by kids games - will be announced

Kids' games: Mini Golf, Skill Cranes, Hoop Shoot

2 Bounce Houses

Romick Trains

Watermelon Game

Cane Toss

Face Painting

Merchants and Crafters

ONU Healthwise Mobile Clinic

Lots of Food - two new vendors: French Fries and Cindy Ulrey's Waffles; at the horse arena Sunny Side Up will be serving breakfast



8:00 a.m. - Ohio Western Horse Association Show

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Bingo at Shelter House #1

1:00-6:00 p.m. - Free open swim at the Municipal Pool

1:00-3:00 p.m. - Magician (throughout the park)

1:00-3:00 p.m. - Balloon Twister (throughout the park)

1:00-5:30 p.m. - Circus acrobats; Stilt walkers; Fllow art

1:00-4:00 p.m. - Southern Ohio Axe throwing ($)

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Truck & Semi Show

6:30 p.m. - Truck and Tractor Pull



Poling Seed Servie Pioneer Hybrids

EZ Concrete

Popiel Diesel Performance

Stine Seed by Gibson Seed Service

Harrod Negel Electric

Bluffton Diesel Service

Dye Real Estate & Land Co.

Kenton NAPA

Land Luvr Spriltill Bars

Hardin County Pullers

Ada Automotive

Hughes Body Shop

Minich Truck Repair

Rail Road Customs

Tommy Tire

Boco Machine

Auto Zone Kenton

O'Reilly Auto Parts Kenton

North Dixie Truck & Trailer

Norada Lanes

Midwest Rehab

Texas Roadhouse, Findlay

Hays Insurance

BCI Bluffton

Ada Kiwanis Club

Ada Lions Club

Ada Rotary Club

Tavern 101

Gibson Construction

Bob Szuch

Amburgey Construction

Simon Automotive

Maumee Bay Turf