ADA — The end of the summer is fast approaching. The heat begins to die down, the sunny days slowly begin to shorten and the kids make their way back to school. For some, the end of the summer is met with disappointment, but in Ada, Ohio, the end of the summer marks the beginning of the greatest season of them all: football season.
The Wilson Football Festival is returning to Ada this Saturday, kicking off the season with a full slate of events to get fans ready to go before college and NFL football get underway.
“It’s all about celebrating football since we have such an awesome football factory here,” said Deb Curlis, Director of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce. “And the fact that everybody loves football, no matter what their teams are.”
Saturday’s festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the Ohio Northern University’s inter-squad scrimmage at Dial-Roberson Stadium, followed by a punt, pass and kick contest for kids ages 8 to 15.
From there, fans can head to Ada Depot Park to meet local coaches, grab a bite to eat, hear live music from Minor Blues Band (5 p.m.) and Last Call Saints (7 p.m.), and learn more about the history of football and how the ball is made from the Ada Historical Society and Wilson.
There will also be opportunities to win raffle prizes, with the grand prize being a brand new smoker grill and cooler, which will make one lucky fan the envy of every other tailgate party this season.
The day ends at 10 p.m. with the giant football drop, marking the official start of football season, similar to the New Year’s Eve ball drop.
Curlis said that she is expecting a good turnout for the event, thanks to the combination of lockdowns being lifted and overall excitement for the return of football.
“We hope to have a great night with lots of people, and the fact that it’s outside and we can still hold outside events is awesome,” Curlis said. “It’s just a good way to celebrate a great football time.”
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