ADA — It was just six months ago that the Made In Ada Football Festival was held, but the third Made In Ada Football Festival will be held Saturday at Ada’s Depot Park.
Part of the reason the festival has changed to August from February is weather.
“The primary reason is that the folks at the Wilson Football Factory, the manager specifically, approached us and said that they would like the Wilson Football Factory to become more involved in this. But they are busy around the Super Bowl, quickly turning the balls around on the two teams that are competing” said Chris Burns-DiBiasio, event co-chair.
The Wilson Football Factory will be bringing their machines out onto Main Street so people can watch a football being made. For $75 they can hand carry their football from station to station to be completed.
“Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. and for the first two hours of ticket sales it’s one ticket per person; because we want as many people to have this experience. After 1 p.m. if there are tickets left, people can buy additional ones. If you went to Wilson to buy a ball it would cost $75, but what we’re selling here is not just the ball, but the experience to watch your own ball being made,” said Burns-Dibiaso. “That’s the centerpiece or showpiece. This is the first time Wilson has actually brought their machines on Main Street. Because it’s under a tent, weather will not be a factor.”
Other events will be taking place as well. Ohio Northern University is holding an intra-squad scrimmage. Coaches from Ohio Northern as well as Ada High School will be holding a football strategy called Football U for You, tailgating games will be going on, a pinata for children, a free showing of the movie “The Blind Side,” Wilson engineers speaking on the design and technology of the football, the band Chantel and the Thirsty Monkeys will be playing, raffles and the finale, the football drop will occur at 10 p.m.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.