Banana Split Celebration - Kidz CornerDavid Evans Strickler, of Tassel Pharmacy, invented sundaes at the pharmacy’s soda fountain. News of his banana-based sundae created in 1904 spread quickly and the recipe was published in 1907. He later purchased the pharmacy and named it after himself. In Wilmington, Ohio, a restaurant owner started making the treat in 1907. The town even celebrates their own festival.

Celebrate the classic ice cream dish in its birthplace at the The Great American Banana Split Celebration in Latrobe on August 26-28th. Enjoy games, crafts, and face painting in the Medicine Shoppe Kids Corner on Saturday and Sunday.

Car Cruise at Banana Split CelebrationBring your appetite or watch the spectacle at the Eat ‘N Park Pie Eating Contest, where contestants will dig in to eat an entire banana cream pie. Don’t want an entire pie? Head to the food court and grab a bite from the wide variety of food trucks. Stroll through the car cruise, and check out the awesome line up of classic cars. 

This year, popular country music artist Kellie Pickler will be performing. General admission is $25 for the concert.  Other live performances will take place throughout the weekend. 

Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other goods at the Farmers’ Market, a new addition this year. Peruse the crafts on Vendor Color Dash Banana Split CelebrationRow, too!

Take part in the 5K Banana Run and receive a free t-shirt. The Color Dash presented by Saint Vincent College, another 5K race, will also be a blast. 

The best places to grab a banana split throughout the Laurel Highlands: