Banana Split Festival

Dole-Banana-Split-Logo-OL-385Visit the Birthplace of the Great American Banana Split in Latrobe, PA

Designed to celebrate Latrobe's unique history as the birthplace of the banana split in 1904 and the placement of a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Historical Marker, the three-day event will be an all-American family celebration for people of all ages.

If you plan on staying overnight, book your room as soon as possible. Hotels and other accommodations fill up quickly for this festival weekend!

Great American Banana Split Celebration Events!

THE MEDICINE SHOPPE KIDS CORNER
Sat 10AM-6PM
Sun 10AM-5PM
Medicine Shoppe parking lot
709 Ligonier Street
Face Painting, Children's Activities, Balloons, Banana Split Coloring Wall and more!

OLDE LATROBE CRAFT BEER VILLAGE
Sat. 8/29 @ 12-6PM
DiSalvo's Station Restaurant
325 McKinley Ave.
Hosted by DISALVO'S STATION RESTAURANT! Craft beers, cigars, and wine! Get a little taste to refresh your banana fest frenzy. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at DiSalvo's. 

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
All Weekend
Legion Keener Park
All Purpose Field
Rock Climbing Wall, LIVE Wood Carving Events, Inflatables, and Ice Carving show by Master and Champion Ice Carver Richard Bubin.

5K BANANA RUN
Saturday, Aug. 29
Run starts @ 9:30 AM
Memorial Stadium
131 Irving Avenue
Presented by GUTCHESS LUMBER CO., INC! The Dole Stroll has received a Banana Upgrade! Now it is a full timed and chipped 5K. Registration starts at 8:30am! Unique medals, t-shirts, and awards will be given out. Pre-register and save at bananasplitfest.com. To register fill out the online form.

YELLOW TIE GALA
Friday, Aug. 28 @ 6:30-9PM
Latrobe Arts Center
819 Ligonier Street
Hosted by the LATROBE ART CENTER - this annual Yellow Tie Gala is a fun, light-hearted way to celebrate the birth of the banana split! This semi-formal event includes heavy hor d'oeuvres, wine, and a banana split bar. Walk down the yellow carpet and enjoy the "Yellow Ladies," music, and other fun activities! Although not required, we strongly encourage you to wear yellow! RSVP by August 25, tickets are $40 and can be purchased through the Latrobe Art Center (Tickets are limited, pre-orders are strongly recommended).

THE EAT 'N PARK
GREAT AMERICAN PIE EATING CONTEST
Saturday, Aug. 29, @ 11:30AM
Rogers Memorial Park
Dig into America's favorite banana cream pie! Registration starts at 11AM. The winner will be recognized at the Saturday night concert and will be able to wear the Championship belt for the day. Additionally, the winner's name will be engraved on the side of the belt that will be displayed in the Neighborhood Visitor & Information Center. The belt, specially crafted by local pro wrestling and MMA industry belt company Wildcat Belts, will be something worth stuffing your face over.
T-Shirts will be given to all participants and the winner will receive a trophy to take home! Sign-up HERE!

ENTERTAINMENT
Various Times All Weekend
Rogers Memorial Park
Jefferson Street & Rt. 981
Join us for some unique acts, games, fire eating, and fun events including:
The Jock-ular Juggler: As seen on Stupid Human Tricks, The David Letterman Show, Regis & Kathy Lee, Good Morning America and Guiness Book of World Records. (All Day - Friday & Saturday)
Professor Style's Miracle Elixir Sideshow: An old-fashioned Medicine Show straight out of the Victorian Era. Come watch performers attempt the worst of the worst, the grossest of the gross, the most horrific ... It's a good, old-fashioned, fun and freaky experience. (Sat & Sun)!  

BPW BANANA INSPIRED BAKING CONTEST
Saturday, Aug. 29 @ 12-1 PM
Auction @ 1:15pm | Bake Sale @ 1:30pm
Entries accepted by 11:30am at
Quatrini Rafferty Building
@ 816 Ligonier Street (at the corner of
Main & Ligonier Sts.)
Sponsored by the LATROBE BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB! It's FREE to enter! Top Banana is banana + 3 ingredients
(Either: Pineapple, Strawberry, Chocolate, Peanut, Maraschino Cherries).
Category Requirements: Cakes: 1 cake, Breads: 1 loaf, Cupcakes and Cookies: 1 dozen.
Rules: All entries must be in disposable containers. No refrigerated items. Must use BANANA in recipe. One entry per category

YPG COLOR DASH
Sunday, Aug. 30
10:30 AM Packet Pick Up
12:30 PM Race Starts
Memorial Stadium
131 Irving Avenue
Presented by SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE! We provide the white shirt and you add the color to yourself and others along the way! This family-friendly 5K run is for everyone no matter your age, size, or fitness level. Registration information can be found at bananasplitfest.com. Let's color the town! Register here.
 

LATROBE LION'S CLUB CAR CRUISE
Saturday, Aug. 29
@ 10AM - 2PM
Downtown Latrobe
Depot Street
Presented by SARAH CRISPIN-THOMAS STATE FARM AGENCY! Antique and classic cars will be on display to the public. Register here.

 

The Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce, working in cooperation with the City of Latrobe, has organized this wonderful event for the community. If you would like to know more about becoming a vendor, sponsor or volunteer, contact the GLLV office at 724-537-2671.

 

 

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