The Hardin County Pullers sponsored the "big kid" Tractor Pull event (there was a "little kid" Tractor Pull as well) - Ada Herald
The Hardin County Pullers sponsored the "big kid" Tractor Pull event (there was a "little kid" Tractor Pull as well). (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

ADA — The 106th Farmers & Merchants Picnic 2019 was an unbelievable amalgam of, well, everything. Well, not EVERYTHING everything, but you know what I mean.

There was a big parade, a “Pedal Tractor Pull” for kids, a “Big Tractor Pull” for big kids, a Cornhole Tournament, live musical entertainment, and rides, BOY were there rides!

The War Memorial Park “Midway,” if you will, under crystal blue skies, was lined with more colorful kids rides than you could shake, well, one of those cotton-candy cones at.

And speaking of food (Actually, is cotton candy considered a “food”?): In between the rides, were all sorts of stands hawking hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, homemade pies and “walking tacos,” as opposed to, say, um, “non-walking tacos?”

I guess that’s more of an “eat-in” thing at Taco Bell.


Besides the rides, the food, the roar of the tractors (sans the little kid tractors, of course), was the ‘roar’ of a chain-saw-sculpture-guy who had on display an oak table, a big “Brutus Buckeye” wooden sculpture, and an even BIGGER, orange wooden pumpkin.

Darndest novelty item at the Picnic.

What’s more, service clubs like the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis, and the Lions Club all had booths. And the Lions Club sponsored a “Free Day at the Pool” to boot.

Ada’s Historical Society was also there with a collection of a lot of, well, ‘old stuff.’

There were old newspaper articles, old postcards, old town signs… even the Historical Society volunteers looked kind of old.

There were also some town merchant booths, side-by-side with town church booths.

The churches were passing out Bibles that, among other things, read: “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

The merchants were saying: “We’d love your money.”

Yet somehow this day, it, nonetheless, all met in the (spiritually moderate) middle.

And a good time was had by all!