ADA — Grant Warner from Bluffton took advantage of the Wilson Football Factory’s annual garage sale Saturday, part of the Made in Ada Football Festival.
Hundreds of people waited in line to snag some great bargains.
“Mostly stuff for my kids,” said Warner. “Some soccer balls, some tennis balls, some baseball gloves — they’re (his children) getting older, six, four and two and a two-month-old, trying to progress with them so this is a good time to do it.”
This was the first year the Wilson Football Factory garage sale coincided with the Made in Ada Football Festival.
As part of the festival, people could check out the Wilson Experience, first at ONU’s Dial-Roberson Stadium, then later downtown at Ada’s Depot Park.
“We bring this around to all different activations, whether it’s NBA, volleyball, Seven on Seven tournaments, more of a grassroots program we’re doing, getting in front of the youth, their parents,” said Corin Chesterson, marketing specialist for Wilson Sporting Goods. “We have a laser machine inside this Airstream so we can customize footballs, volleyballs, basketballs — people love it. You put your team logo on there and take a picture in front of the truck, there’s a lot of memories people have with this Airstream,” said Chesterson.
Activities during the day focused at ONU’s football stadium, where both the Ada and ONU Marching Bands performed and there were two football scrimmages, one between Ada and Perry High School, the other between ONU and Trine University.
After 4 p.m., the fun moved downtown to Depot Park with tailgating, a demonstration on how Wilson Footballs were designed, music from Nashville Crush and, at 10 p.m., the dropping of a giant Wilson football from a crane.
Wilson’s presence in Ada is something that the village embraces.
“Several years ago it was brought to our attention that we ought to be doing something to celebrate the fact that we have the NFL football made right here in Ada,” said Deb Curlis, Ada Area Chamber of Commerce director. “Maybe other people would think of this giant factory when they’re thinking of the footballs and we’re not. We’re a small town with a small factory that does an amazing job of making these footballs.”
“We love being in Ada. We love the fact that all of our footballs are made here in Ada, Ohio USA. It’s something we’re proud of,” said Chesterson.
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