The home of the Wilson Football Factory is scheduled to host their first ‘Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival’, in honor of Super Bowl LI.
The small town of Ada, plans to celebrate the role that they have successfully played since 1955. The Wilson factory has made footballs for the Super Bowl for more than four decades and for NFL games since the 1940s.
On Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Historic Depot Park parking, the festival will get underway. At the same location, just before midnight, a 10-foot-long football – steel and nylon, and imprinted with Wilson’s iconic logo, will dropped from a crane that will resemble the New Year's Eve ball drop in New York City's Time Square.
Chris Burns-DiBiasio, a member of the Football Festival Committee, said a group of local leaders was looking for a way to highlight Ada's uniqueness, courtesy of
"We consider ourselves the football-making capital of the world," said Burns-DiBiasio, director of community relations for Ohio Northern University and the university's first lady. "Unfortunately, it's been kind of a well-kept secret."
In conjunction to the football drop, here is a list of other activities surrounding the festival:
- A coaches' panel that will preview the Patriots-Falcons showdown, featuring coaches from Ohio Northern, the University of Findlay, Bluffton University and Lima Senior High School. The discussion will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at McIntosh Center Bear Cave, on the campus of Ohio Northern, 525 S. Main St.
- A free showing of the film "Friday Night Lights" at 6 p.m. at the Ada Theatre, 215 S. Main St.
- "America in 60 Seconds: Super Bowl Commercials," a discussion about the evolution of advertising during the game, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.at the Depot.
- Music and entertainment, along with chances to win Super Bowl 51 footballs.
Ada, about 150 miles southwest of Cleveland, is near the junction of I-75 and U.S. 30. For more information: adachamber.org/events
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