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Steve Angel

August 18, 2017


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We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Come see what’s new in agriculture

Shaping the Future: 2017 Putnam County Ag Tour Aug. 19

The public is invited to see what’s new in farming and water quality monitoring around the county on Saturday, Aug. 19 during “Shaping the Future: 2017 Putnam County Ag Tour.”

The event is free and includes a catered breakfast followed by stops at four locations around the county where you will see and learn about dairy, beef and poultry farming, water quality monitoring and treatment, hydroponic farming and local wine making.

Guests will ride in air conditioned buses from Excursions Trailways for the tour.


Ada's 32nd Harvest and Herb Festival Sept. 16

Still time to register for a craft booth and parade unit

The next big event on Ada's calendar is the 32nd annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest and Herb Festival in downtown Ada, according to David Dellifield, chamber president.

This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. As in past year’s, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.

The festival has 180 spaces available for vendors and so far over 80 spaces are signed-up. Crafters are encouraged to register as soon as possible to insure a booth.


Saturday summerfest benefits fire department

Takes place from 1 to 10 p.m. at Southgate Lanes

A benefit event for the Bluffton Fire Department is set for Saturday, Aug. 19, at Southgate Lanes, 9700 Dixie Highway, according to Jon Kin, fire chief.

Here’s a schedule of events:

1 p.m. – Double elimination corn hole tournament – limited for 30 teams, $20 per team registration fee, cash prizes for top three teams, business sponsorships available.

To sign up your team call the village office at 419-358-2066, extension 292, Southgate Lanes at 419-258-6966, or any member of the fire department.


Beaverdam Summerfest Saturday

Food, games, entertainment, 9 p.m. raffle

It’s a Saturday of fun in Beaverdam.

The Beaverdam-Richland Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments hold their annual Summerfest in the downtown area.

This year’s event starts at 4 p.m. and goes into the evening hours.

You’ll find homemade food and ice cream, bouncy rides for youth plus entertainment at 5 p.m. by SaMaX, a three-member band from Lima.

Several raffle prize drawings are at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at $1 each or six for $5. Persons do not need to be present to win.


104th annual Ada Farmers and Merchants Picnic Saturday

Entertainment, tractor pulls, games for kids, food, petting zoo

By Monty Siekerman - Ada Icon
The 104th Ada Farmers and Merchants Picnic, one of the longest running festivals in Ohio, is set for Saturday, Aug. 12, at Ada War Memorial Park.

The entertainment schedule follows:


Free admission to Bluffton pool for first 200 swimmers on Friday

Riley Creek Arbor is sponsoring free pool admission for the first 200 swimmers at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool from noon – 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11.
"Space is limited, so get there early," said Gary Reese of the Arbor.
Riley Creek Arbor of Gleaner Life Insurance Society regularly supports the local community through monetary and volunteer efforts.  The Arbor consists of members from Bluffton, Lima and surrounding communities.


Tractor pull in Ada on Saturday

Hardin County Pullers and Ohio State Tractor Pullers

By Monty Siekerman - ADA ICON
More than a thousand people are expected to attend the F&M Picnic Truck and Tractor Pull at War Memorial Park on Saturday.

The first session begins at  10 a.m., the second at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Food vendors will be available. Cost is $10, children 10 and under $5, veterans and seniors free.

Chris Vermillion is president of the Hardin County Pullers. About $2,000 will be given out to winners of the first session; about $12,000 in prize money for the second session winners.


It's Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Sales weekend

By Friday there will be more garage sale ads listed in the Icon than in any other week of the year

FROM ADA ICON - It’s a heavenly weekend for garage sale buyers and sellers.

It’s Main Street Across America’s Lincoln Highway Buy Way Yard Sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11-12, and Ada is getting ready for a flood of buyers.

The annual event in Ada is sponsored by the Ada Community Improvement Corp. (CIC), which is a member of the Lincoln Highway Association, and the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce.

A map of Ada garage sales will be posted soon on the Bluffton Icon. The map will list sales in the village and in the surrounding countryside.


Lima Lunch and Learn Aug. 9 on biking

The Allen County Bike and Pedestrian Task Force will offer a one-hour Lunch and Learn meeting on how businesses can support an active commute, whether it’s biking to and from work or including active transportation into your work day – biking, walking, or taking transit to meetings, errands or lunch.

Any interested business is invited to attend. The meeting will be on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lima YMCA, Room 306, Lima.


Community Preschool community open house tonight

Bluffton Community Preschool will hold a community open house on Monday, Aug.  7, from 6 to 8 p.m. to let the community tour its new location in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church, 112 Main St.

The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The teaching staff will be present to answer questions parents of children may have. Registration forms are available for last minute enrollments.

The staff encourages parents to bring their children to see the new space.