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Harvest and Herb Festival once again a success

An Ada resident encourages people to support the local Boy Scouts. (Northern Review photo/Brittany Newton)

An Ada resident encourages people to support the local Boy Scouts. (Northern Review photo/Brittany Newton)

The Ada community gathered together for the 26th Annual Harvest & Herb Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20. Local residents and businesses were selling handmade crafts, and non-profit organizations were garnering donations and support. Smells from local restaurants kept mouths watering. The celebration and festivities themselves helped raise awareness and increase foot traffic for local businesses and organizations.

Every year, residents of Ada gather downtown as Main Street is closed off to celebrate the Harvest and Herb Festival. Residents, college students and children join together to learn more about organizations and businesses around town and leave with a greater sense of community.

At 10 a.m. a large parade took place and the entire Ada community, the Ada school district and Ohio Northern University members marched down main street generating excitement from all the families on the sidewalks. Laughter and smiles lined the streets as floats and cars handed out candy and other goodies. 

“The people and the visiting [people], everyone is so helpful. Everyone helps each other. It’s a lot of fun to be here,” said Karen Flowers, an Ada resident who has been participating in the Harvest and Herb Festival for several years. Flowers was selling a mix-match of crafted items from her tent on Main Street, including painted gourds and pumpkins.

The Harvest and Herb festival took place alongside Ohio Northern’s annual Family Day. Families of college students joined in the excitement of the Harvest and Herb Festival. And with a beautiful sunny day, walking down Main Street was even more enjoyable and exciting for all who attended.

David MacDonald, Ohio Northern University Chaplain had nothing but praise for the Festival. “I like the way the festival brings the community together and everyone has a great time. It’s just really neat to see Ada alive like this. We just love to be a part of the community.” MacDonald and his wife, Kelly, have attended the Harvest and Herb festival for the past two years.

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