The 2018 Banana Festival Starts In:

Kentucky Headhunters

Saturday September 15th
8:00 p.m.
Amphitheater Unity Park

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The Kentucky Headhunters, declared “the great American rock ‘n’ roll band” by Billboard magazine, began their professional journey in 1968 when brothers Fred and Richard Young and cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney formed the Southern blues-rock band Itchy Brother. The band morphed into The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986. Their first album, 1989’s Pickin’ On Nashville, was released by Mercury Records and surprised the world, becoming a bona fide hit, selling over two million copies. The album won a Grammy Award, three Country Music Awards, an American Music Award and an Academy Of Country Music Award. It spawned four consecutive Top 40 Country hits. Currently, the band is made up of Richard Young, Fred Young, Greg Martin and Doug Phelps. ...Read More


The Jimmy Church Band

Friday September 14th
7:30 p.m.
Unity Park Amphitheater

Brennley Brown

THE JIMMY CHURCH BAND has expanded their repertoire, broadening the band's base to provide a fresh new variety of shows and entertainment to reach more people. The band is a 10 piece entertainment entity. In addition to performing the loved classic sounds of Motown Jimmy Church is so well known for, the new songs have been added into the show to also include well known, loved selections from Pop to Rock 'N Roll. Everyone is sure to love the new shows of The Jimmy Church Band. THE JIMMY CHURCH BAND is one of the world's leading dance and show groups. This high energy band consists of a rhythm section, horn section, dazzling choreography, and the titillating voices of Cinnamon and Spice. The group travels throughout the U.S. and abroad performing for corporate parties, conventions, bar mitzvahs, wedding receptions, college and university sororities and fraternities, several Governor's Inaugural Balls, and numerous private parties. Read More

2017 Platinum Sponsors

Premier Portable Buildings

Rudolf Tire

Jackson Purchase Medical Center

2017 Gold Sponsors

All Kraft Erectors Inc
Tyson
Heritage Bank
Evans Total Care

Tracking Down Tradition

It’s almost that time—time for the Twin Cities to GO BANANAS! It’s time to celebrate everything wonderful about our communities. This year’s festival will be full of memory making events for all ages. Our theme for Banana Festival 2017:

Tracking Down Tradition!

Events are scheduled September 9-16, and we are asking you, once again to pledge your support.
2017 Top Banana memberships are being sold for $100/individual or $150/couples.Banana Ball
Members receive recognition in the Banana Festival souvenir programs, reserved seating to all concert events, the fashion show and bandstand seating for the parade, event special parking. Additionally, members receive complementary tickets to the Banana Ball.

The Banana Ball will be held Friday, September 8 at 7 pm at Buck’s Celebration Center, featuring food, drinks and entertainment by the Nashville Group The Remedies!!

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Why Bananas in Kentucky and Tennessee

Upon hearing that the twin cities are hosting a Banana Festival many reply with, “Why Bananas?” While it is true our weather is not conducive to growing bananas, the twin cities have had a great impact on bananas in the United States

In about 1880 the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad was the first to develop refrigerated cars. TrainSuddenly those not living in tropical regions could have the same fruits year round that others enjoyed. Fulton, at the time, was home to a large railroad facility and became the redistribution point for the railroad because of its central location between New Orleans and Canada. The United Fruit Co, now Chiquita, began shipping bananas from South America by ship to New Orleans. The bananas were loaded onto railcars on top of 162 pound blocks of ice for the trip north. Fulton had the only ice house on the route north to Chicago. The bananas were ...read more

2017 Banana Festival
T-Shirts Available SOON!

Adult $20 Youth $18
Shirts can be purchased at Two-Doors Down

2016 Banana Festival T-Shirt

You can also purchase T-Shirts, souvenirs, candy/Pudding Buckets, Banana Beads, Cups, Coozies, Drinks, Ice Cream, in the Banana Cabana during the Festival begining Wednesday September 14th!

2017 Silver Sponsors

The Citizens Bank
Tennova Healthcare

2017 Bronze Sponsors

Amerigas Jones Logistics Trucking, LLC

Placeholder imageThe Current
The Keg Bar & Grill
Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce
Two Doors Down Boutique
Morris Farms
Reelfoot Bank
Simmons Bank
Alan Jones, DMD
WCMES

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