There’s always something to see or do in the region. Ada is surrounded by communities awash with civic pride and tradition. These communities sponsor numerous events and festivals catered to a variety of tastes and interests. And the best part? Many are free or low cost!
The annual Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair, held in the Hardin County Courthouse in Kenton, features home decor, jewelry, arts and craft vendors and artisans. In June, Eats On The Streets showcases live music, specialty food trucks, a classic car show, vintage motorcycles and more. Enjoy locally grown produce each Saturday at the Kenton Farmers Market.
Every Saturday morning from the first of May to the end of October, Bluffton hosts a Farmers Market with vendors selling everything from fresh produce to homemade baked goods to crafts. With a Swiss Mennonite heritage, Bluffton has a quaint downtown with several interesting restaurants and shops. The village also is known for a spectacular lights display at Christmas, which kicks off with a Blaze of Lights parade the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Findlay’s highlights include the Flag City Balloon Fest, featuring hundreds of hot-air balloons; the Hancock Horizontal 100 (bike 100 miles in one day – all flat terrain); and a Halloween parade through downtown. In Lima, there’s Square Fair, a huge annual festival that incorporates musical entertainment, arts and crafts, a 5K run, and food.
The Hardin County Fair, Hancock County Fair and Allen County Fair – with carnival rides, animals, fair food, musical entertainment and more – always draw a crowd.