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Harrod Summer Spectacular invites vendors

Event is June 10

We invite direct vendors, hand-made craft vendors, and local small businesses that would like to show off their talents and products during the Saturday, June 10 Harrod Summer Spectacular, according to Brock Ackerman of the festival committee.

"This is a great show that you do not want to miss," he said. "Please contact us for more information at harrodss@hotmail.com or find us on Facebook at Harrod Summer Spectacular. 

This year's show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Harrod Community Center.


Chili cook-off Wednesday - vote for your favorite chili

Proceeds support Community Assistance Program

The first-ever community chili cook-off is Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Bluffton Middle School Cafetorium. 

Local “chefs” are preparing their favorite chili recipes for the community to judge. A $5 tasting fee includes a sample of each chili and a drink; other items for sale include hot dogs, shredded chicken sandwiches, chips and baked goods. 

All proceeds benefit Bluffton Community Assistance programs.  

The cook-off is planned by the mission committee of Bluffton Presbyterian Church with help from several other congregations. 


Anxious to start gardening? You are not alone

Gardeners of Bluffton and Pandora Area offer several programs

Like many Icon viewers, Victoria Zeits of the Gardeners of Bluffton and Pandora says that the crazy winter weather makes her feeel that either winter has yet to begin or she  should instead be watching for spring bulbs to start blooming.

She says that she's visited her herb garden and observed 14 green things coming up that should be under a couple inches of snow.

Despite the weather, there are several opportunities for gardeners to get moving in anticipation of spring.


Emmanuel UCC fish fry March 10

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8374 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 10.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for youth 10 and under.
Here's the menu: All the fish you can eat.  Potato Salad, Calico Beans, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Cranberry Salad, Taco Salad, Broccoli Salad, Mixed Fruit, Layer Salad, Perfection Salad, Macaroni Salad, Apple Salad, Green Bean Casserole, Hot Cheese Potatoes, Pickled Eggs, Macaroni and Cheese, Cherry Dessert, Cakes, Cookies, Pie


Senior Center prepares for its annual garage sale Feb. 23-24-25

Held in conjunction with SHANNON Service Club's sale at The Centre

Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main St., will hold its annual garage sale Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, according to Tonya Meyer, director.

This large fundraiser for the Senior Center is held in February to coincide with the SHANNON Club community garage sale at The Centre.

That sale is Friday, Feb. 24 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.


Nashville dou performs in Bluffton twice this month

The duo The Rough & Tumble from Nashville, will perform twice in Bluffton during February, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick,

They will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Bluffton town hall during a Town Hall Concert Series performance.

They will also perform during brunch at The Mustard Seed, Sunday, Feb. 26. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The Rough & Tumble has been on the road since April 2015. Musicians Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler share their 16-foot camper with dogs Butter and Pud as they tour nationwide. 


Feb. 22 Community Chili Cook-off benefits Community Assistance Program

Free entertainment, gift basket and prize drawings, vote for People's Choice Award

Several Bluffton churches sponsor a Community Chili Cook-off later this month with proceeds benefiting the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

The cook-off is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Bluffton middle school cafetorium, according to Lynda Best, who is heading up the event.

She said that at least eight different chili recipes will be available for tasting during the event. These are provided by individuals and church groups.


Pandora scouts pancake-sausage dinner Feb. 12

Pandora-Gilboa Boy Scout Troop 226 will hold a pancake and sausage dinner on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 10:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.

Presale tickets are: adults $5; at the door: adults $7, Kids 4 – 12 $4, and 3 and under free. Carry-outs available, Drinks included.
For tickets, contact Scoutmaster Chris Fleming 419-303-2584 or email PandoraTroop226@yahoo.com.


Ada's Super Bowl celebration includes Saturday midnight football drop

Denny Dorrell, Bluffton University football coach, on coaches panel

FROM ADA ICON - Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival.

That has a local ring to it. And on Saturday, Ada celebrates with a Super Bowl Eve party, link none ever seen here.

Events include everything from a tailgate party, football coaches panel, free showing of "Friday Night Lights," a program looking at Super Bowl TV commercials, lots of games and Wilson NFL football raffles and concluding with a midnight football drop.


Bluffton University football coach offers some Super Bowl game thoughts

He's part of a coaches panel on Saturday at the Made In Ada Wilson Football Festival

Bluffton University football coach Denny Dorrell can give you some Super Bowl tips on Saturday.

He joins a panel of area football coaches to give their analysis on the Super Bowl game during the The  Made-in-Ada Wilson Football Festival the day before the Big Game between the New England Patriots (AFC champs) and the Atlanta Falcons (NFC champs).

Who might win, what are the prospects, the strengths and weaknesses of each team? Find out from some local experts.

The panel is at 4:30 p.m. in ONU's McIntosh Center Bear Cave, Ada.