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2023 Ada football festival is a rocking good time

By Paula Scott

When asked, “How do you measure success for the Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival,” chamber director LIndsay Walden-Hollar laughs and says, “I get asked that a lot.” When an event is full of mostly free attractions, there are no ticket sales, no gate numbers. “It’s a success when Depot Park is busy all night long” and “when my phone blows up” with positive feedback, says Walden-Hollar.

Made in Ada Football Festival 2023 Slides

Got great chili? Got school spirit?

The Ada After Prom Chili Cookoff Fundraiser is an opportunity to show off your Bulldog pride and chili-making skills on Friday, September 22--at the homecoming football game vs. Bluffton.

To enter, Email June Zimmerman at [email protected]. There is a $25 entry fee to participate in the competition. 

Contestants will bring a crock pot of their mouthwatering chili to War Memorial Stadium before the football game. Detailed instructions are provided once you enter.

Andy Ludanyi presentation on journey from Hungary to Ada, Ohio

ONU Professor Emeritus Andy Ludanyi will speak of his memoir My American Roadtrip for Phi Beta Delta, the honorary for international scholars, on Tuesday September 12 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Elzay Gallery in the Wilson Art Building.

The event is free and open to the public. 

Ludanyi came to the United States from Hungary with his family following World War II. He taught at ONU for 40 years, and has many interesting stories to tell about the journey that brought him to Ada.


Beatitudes Community Dinner to be rescheduled

The Beatitudes Community Meal for Sept 7 has been cancelled due to the organizer being exposed to COVID.

The event will be rescheduled.  


Softball Tournament will establish scholarships for students entering skilled trades

Six softball teams will be competing for bragging rights as the winners of the first Patrick Archer Memorial Softball Tournament and Fundraiser on September 2.

Team Who Loves Ya?
Team I Ain't No P
Team Big Sexy
Team You're Killing Me Smalls
Team Whatcha Wearing
Team Allen East Class of 1989

In addition to the games, there will be food, and raffle baskets. The event is an opportunity to help establish scholarships at Ada High School, Allen East High School and Apollo Career Center for seniors pursuing a career in a skilled trade. Proceeds will also benefit the United Support Memorial for Workplace Fatalities (USMWF).

The event is held in memory of Ada resident Patrick Archer who was killed in a workplace accident in November 2021.

PPK USA competition filled Dial-Roberson field

The August 26 Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Dial-Roberson Stadium was a demonstration of youthful energy and heart. Boys and girls ages 6-15, in the company of a small army of volunteers tested their football skills versus their peers. The winners in each age group for each skill category–punt, pass, kick, run and jump–will be given the opportunity to compete at a national competition in Las Vegas.