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Harvest & Herb festival preview: Vendors love Ada turnout

ONU Polar Preview and Family & Siblings Day also bring visitors to town

By Paula Scott

The 37th annual Harvest & Herb festival takes place on Ada's Main Street on Saturday, September 16. Coordinated by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival schedule is:

9:00 a.m. Festival opens
- Parade line-up at Ada High School
10:00 a.m. Parade start; route on Main from Highland to ONU campus
12:00 p.m. Crowning of the festival queen at Depot Park
4:00 p.m. Festival closes

There will be over 185 vendors ranging from “bakers to wreath makers and everything in between.” The chamber encourages visitors to start their holiday shopping early while supporting local vendors and artists. There will be live metal forging demonstrations, many food and beverage options, and Romick Railway rides.

The festival also features the largest parade in Ada and the crowning of the festival queen. The queen is selected by a panel of Judges based on scores received for three essays and an in-person interview.


Scholarships will be given to those with the top three scores. Candidates are high school seniors:

  • Mariah King, daughter of Kristen and Adam Jordan and Adam King
  • Jilli Hazelton, daughter of Jamie Ferguson
  • Awo Akyeampong, daughter of Abigail and Albert Akyeampong
  • Josie Phillips, daughter of Tricia Rayl and Brian Phillips
  • Karmen Hall, daughter of Mike and Andrea Hall
  • SaraLynn Myers, daughter of Steve and Dorothy Myers
  • Autumn Andreasen, daughter of Kim and Mark Andreasen
  • Kathryn Sizemore, daughter of John and Janice Sizemore

Also on Saturday, Ohio Northern University will host Polar Preview Day and Family and Siblings Day with activities on the tundra. Some 120 students are expected to visit Ohio Northern. Registration is accepted through Friday, Sept. 15.