The Electric Banana Split

A one-day virtual experience on National Banana Split Day

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2020 Great American Banana Split CelebrationFeatured Events and Activities

Banana Split Run

Banana Split Run

1 mile, 5k, and 10k virtual race

Run from anywhere in the world!

Princess Pageant

Banana Split Princess

Naming of the Banana Split Princess and her Court

Coloring Contest

Stay inside the lines or color outside of them to make the sheet your own

Pie Eating Contest

Eat'n Park Restaurant Pie Eating Contest

Who will eat an entire banana creme pie the fastest and be named champion?

And so much more! Be sure to take a peek at the full schedule .

The Virtual Experience

COVID may have put a freeze on getting everyone together for an in-person celebration, but that doesn't mean we can't still have fun eating ice cream all across the world!

Over 115 years ago in the Western PA town of Latrobe, David Strickler, a pharmacy apprentice, created what may be the most famous sundae of all time — the banana split!

Latrobe has had an annual celebration since 2013 when the Pennsylvania Historical Society unveiled a marker at the former site of Tassel's Pharmacy where Sticker was working at the time of his invention.
But the banana split isn't the only world-changing thing to come from Latrobe! This town just outside of Pittsburgh was where Fred Rogers of Mister Roger's Neighborhood grew up. It's also where Arnold Palmer was raised and started his golf career at Latrobe Country Club. The town boasts the annual Westmoreland County Air Show, Steelers Training Camp, the original home of Rolling Rock Beer, and St. Vincent College.

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Date

August 25, 2020
National Banana Split Day

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Banana Split, USA

We're looking for hometown shops all across the USA that have their own unique twist on the flavors of the original banana split. Maybe its ice cream based. Perhaps it's a baked treat. It could be a drink. Or maybe it's something we're not even thinking about. Whatever it is and wherever it is, we want to know.

I know a Banana Split shop!

ENTERTAINMENT

We're assembling a great line up of musical entertainers and other performances for this year's online event. The full list will be up shortly, but here are headliners from past years!

The ClarksThe Clarks
The Clarks
The Clarks
The Clarks played the Banana Split Celebration in 2015. The American rock band, originated at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and in 30+ years has produced eleven studio albums, two live albums, 2 compilation albums, an EP, and four solo releases.
Kellie PicklerKellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler
Country music singer, songwriter, actress, and TV personality performed at the 2016 Banana Split Celebration. Her 2006 debut album had the hit songs ``Red High Heels,`` ``I Wonder,`` and ``Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind.``
The CommonheartThe Commonheart
The Commonheart
The Commonheart
Playing in 2017 with their gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivered an emotion-packed, soulful sound that lit up the downtown streets of Latrobe.
Vertigo RedVertigo Red
Vertigo Red
Vertigo Red
In 2018, VERTIGO RED a party rock cover band from Annapolis performed covers of a variety of music from today's radio pop-rock to 80s/90s retro favorites to modern country.
Joe GrusheckyJoe Grushecky
Joe Grushecky
Joe Grushecky
Playing to a packed crowd, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers did, in fact, rock the house of Latrobe in 2019. A Rolling Stone review once said of the band, ``they are up there with Springsteen, Petty and Seger``.
Perform at the CelebrationPerform at the Celebration
Perform at the Celebration
Perform at the Celebration
We're looking for musical artists and other entertainers to be part of the 2020 celebration.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Three scoops of ice cream. A whole banana. Syrups. Whipped cream. And a cherry. That's a pretty sweet dessert. To match all that, we have a pretty sweet schedule of events and activites.

Entertainment11:15 AMBig Blitz
Entertainment11:25 AMAubrey Burchell
Entertainment11:35 AMGary Rahl & Sky Pilot
Entertainment11:40AMAnnie Duda
Activities12:00 PMBanana Splits USA
Entertainment12:10PMStory at Nine
Activities12:15PMArt at Home with Seth from the Latrobe Art Center
Activities12:25 PMFried Oreos
Activities12:45 PMInterview with former Pittsburgh Steeler Craig Wolfley
Entertainment12:50 PMKennisyn Rain
Entertainment1:05 PMAC Jones
Entertainment1:25 PMAppalachian Doom Gospel
Entertainment1:30 PMElias Khouri
Entertainment1:30 PMBanana Band
Special Events1:35 PMPrincess Pageant
Entertainment1:55 PMDaelyn Avril Ellis
2:05 PMCrystal Blue Band
Entertainment2:05The Crystal Blue Band
Entertainment2:15 PMAndrew Mack
Activities2:15 PMPaper Popsicles with Adams Memorial Library
Entertainment2:40 PMFlying Blind
Activities2:40 PMSummer Treats with Braydon: Banana Split Pudding Pops
Entertainment2:55 PMRed Tie Variety
Activities3:05 PMCup Song Interview
Entertainment3:10 PMEllie Lee Oldfield
Entertainment3:25 PMHayley & Josh
Entertainment3:25 PMEast End Kids
Entertainment3:50 PMVanessa Clarke-Deaver
Activities3:55 PMGizmos & Gadgets
Activities4:00 PMLowes Wheelbarrow Kit
Entertainment4:10 PMThe High Level
Entertainment4:15 PMOrion Walsh
Special Events4:25 PMPie Eating Contest
Entertainment4:45 PMJoe Grushecky & The Houserockers
1904Banana Split Invented by David Strickler at Tassel's Pharmacy
2004National Ice Cream Retailers Association certifies Latrobe as banana split birthplace
2013Pennsylvania Historical Commission places historical marker at site of invention
2016USPS unveils Soda Fountain Favorites stamp with a banana split

SPONSORS

The Great American Banana Split Celebration would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors!

West Penn Power
Howard Hanna

CARCLO

Chestnut Ridge Insurance

Clearview Federal Credit Union

First Commonwealth Advisors

First Commonwealth Bank

Fox & James NationaLease

Gingerbread Man Running Company

Latrobe Auto Group

Laurel Valley Graphics

Mullen Refrigeration

Markiewicz Personal Services, Inc.

Rolling Hills Industries

Seton Hill University

Somerset Trust Company

Standard Bank

UPMC Sports Medicine

Watt Trucking

Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce

Westmoreland County Community College

Worklink Staffing

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