Celebrate fall with Harvest and Herb Festival

Main Street overflows with participants in the 2013 Harvest & Herb Festival.  Photo courtesy Fred Steiner/Ada Icon.

Main Street overflows with participants in the 2013 Harvest & Herb Festival.  Photo courtesy Fred Steiner/Ada Icon.

Main Street in Ada will look more like Broadway in Times Square on Saturday, Sept. 17, during the 31st annual Harvest & Herb Festival.  More than 180 booths will line Main Street, from Highland St. down to about Lehr Ave., near Ohio Northern University, selling food, rugs, clothing, antiques, mums, pumpkins and other fall decorating staples.

Booths open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Get there early, especially if you want to buy some of the thick, bushy mums that the New Leaf Garden Center will have for sale.  They're always in high deman during the Festival.

At 9 a.m., head to the historic Depot in the heart of Ada for a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the renovated caboose.  

At 10 a.m., it's time for a parade!  Look for the Ohio Northern University's marching band, the Ada High School marching band and lots of fire trucks.

There was rain on last year's parade, and scattered thunderstorms are threatening Saturday's festivities, too.  Weather.com calls for an 80 percent chance of rain, 81 percent humidity and light breezes of 15 miles per hour.   Bring an umbrella or a rain slicker and enjoy being outdoors anyway.  We'll all be stuck inside soon enough....

Are you looking for a new football?  (and who isn't around here at this time of year, I ask?)  The WIlson Football Factory, Ada's claim to fame, hosts its annual football garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon, at its plant at 217 Liberty St.

It's a garage sale, so you won't likely be able to get Wilson's new X Connected "smart football," which came out two weeks ago and retails for about $200.  I saw one this morning at a business breakfast in Kenton.  It's got an image of the Wilson Football water tower in Ada embossed on it! Sweeeet!

The Wilson football factory's water tower in Ada, recently repainted with the NFL and Wilson logos, is embossed on Wilson's new "connected" football.  

The Wilson football factory's water tower in Ada, recently repainted with the NFL and Wilson logos, is embossed on Wilson's new "connected" football.