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 2016:
Events are scheduled September 9-17, and we are asking you, once again to pledge your support.
2016 Top Banana memberships are being sold for $100/individual or $150/couples.
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 9 at 7 pm at Buck’s Celebration Center, featuring food, drinks and entertainment by the Nashville Group The Remedies!!
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. Suddenly 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