Kick Off The Banana Festival Wednesday Night

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016:
    • 5:00- P.M. – Tyson Community Meal – Unity Park
    • 5:00 p.m.-Kiddie Carnival ($1 tickets)
    • 5:30-7:00 p.m. Chalk Art, Unity Park Walking Trail
    • 6:00 p.m.- Faith & Family Performing Artist Jason Crabb, Sponsored by Area Church’s, Amphitheater Unity Park

Banana Festival Schedule

Movies In The Park “The Wizard of OZ”

Saturday September 10, 2016 at 07:30 PM the final Summer Movies in the Park showing of “The Wizard of OZ” will be in Unity Park.  Load up your chairs, blankets, drink and snacks and bring the family to see this classic movie.  Twin City Men’s Organization will be selling snacks to raise money.

2016 Banana Festival Schedule


  • Friday, Sept. 9, 2016:
  • Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016:
    • 8:00 a.m. – Pistol and Turkey Shoot – Fulton PD Range Parks Rd. Fulton
    • 10am – 2pm – Drop off Pictures Pontotoc Building ($)
    • 2-4pm – Princess Ball Pontotoc Building ($15)
    • 4-8 Super Magical Day (12 and Under) – Celebrating Hometown, Biblical, and Super Heros, Unity & Pontotoc Park
    • 5:00 p.m. – Costume Contest, Pontotoc Stage
    • 4:00 & 5:30 Animal Tales – Pontotoc Stage
    • 6:00 Superhero Power Wheel Derby Pontotoc Park ($5)
    • 7:30- Super Magical Movie in the Park – Amphiltheater Unity Park
  • Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016:
  • Monday, Sept. 12, 2016:
    • 11:00 a.m. Judge Photography (View, Monday 12th- Friday 16th from 1-5 p.m.)
    • 1:00 p.m. Light Pole Competition Judging, Downtown ($25)
    • 6:30 p.m. – Fashion Show, – Bucks Celebration Center ($20)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016:
    • School Art Contest at Fulton City and South Fulton Schools, Sponsored by Fulton Family Connection
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016:
    • 5:00- P.M. – Tyson Community Meal – Unity Park
    • 5:00 p.m.-Kiddie Carnival ($1 tickets)
    • 5:30-7:00 p.m. Chalk Art, Unity Park Walking Trail
    • 6:00 p.m.- Faith & Family Performing Artist Jason Crabb, Sponsored by Area Church’s, Amphitheater Unity Park
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016:
    • 9:00 a.m. – Vendors, Downtown
    • 9:00 a.m. – Senior Citizens Rook Tournament, Senior Citizens Center
    • 5:00-10:00 p.m. – Bump & Jumps/Kiddie Carnival, Pontotoc Park ($1 tickets)
    • 6:00 p.m. – Kiddie Parade, Downtown
    • 7:00 p.m.-Fulton’s Got Talent
    • (Announce Kiddie Parade Winner)

  • Friday, Sept. 16, 2016:
    • 7:30-8:45 a.m. Banana Bake-off entry drop (Judging at 9:00 a.m.) Senior Citizens Center
    • 8:00-10:00 a.m. – Health Fair – Fulton First Baptist Church Sponsored by Fulton County Extension Office and Diversacare
    • 4:00p.m.-10:00 p.m. Bump & Jumps/Kiddie Carnival ($1 ticketts)
    • 7:00p.m. Banana Bowl (Fulton So. /Fulton Game) – Fulton City
    • 8:00p.m. – 2015 Fulton’s Got Talent Winner Brenna Wilkins performs
    • 8:30 p.m. Lew Jetton 61 South, Amphitheater Unity Park –After Party
  • Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016:
    • 8:00-11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club Car Show, (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)., Downtown ($20-$25)
    • 8:00 a.m. – 5-K/Fun Run “Will Run for Pudding,” (Registration begins at 7 a.m. Fun Run begins at 9 a.m.), at Raise the Bar Gym ($20early/$25late/$10fun run)
    • 9:00 a.m. – Vendors, Downtown
    • 10:00 a.m.- Banana Brawl, next to the Senior Citizens Building
    • 12:00 & 2:00 p.m.- Jason Lindsey Science Guy, Pontotoc Stage
    • 1:00 p.m. – Greased Pig Contest, across the street from Keg/behind Fulton post office.
    • 1:00 pm Carolina Express Band Amphitheater Unity Park
    • 2:30 Doggy Beauty Pageant-Pontotoc Stage
    • 5:00 p.m. – Grand Parade, Starting on Broadway So. Fulton to Downtown Lake St.
    • 6:30 p.m.- 2016 Fulton’s Got Talent Winner to perform, Unity Park Amphitheater
    • One Ton Banana Pudding, served in front of Senior Center **Don’t forget your souvenir buckets located in the Banana Cabana to take home some pudding or to share with others! ****

    • 7:00 p.m. – Brandon Holland performs, Unity Park Amphitheater (Photo, light pole, Art Contest, Chalk Art winners announced)
    • 8:00 p.m. – David Lee Murphy – Amphitheater Unity Park **FREE**
    • Events are FREE to the public unless fee is noted on Schedule. All events are sponsored by Fulton Tourism Commission and noted local businesses.

  • Banana Cabana located in the heart of the festival – Pontotoc Park Gazebo Open Wed – Sat Bathrooms located on each end of vendor row.


Banana Festival “The Tradition Rolls On”

The Banana Festival is in town September 9-17, 2016.  Here is the website for more info Banana Festival Website.

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. 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 re-iced with blocks from the Fulton Ice Plant, now closed. Empty railcars were pulled up to the side of the ice house and these large blocks of ice were loaded end up covering the entire box car. The bananas were then laid on top of the ice to continue their journey. At one point, over 70% of the bananas that were consumed in the US passed through Fulton. Fulton became known as “The Banana Capital of the World.”

So now that the concept of Bananas in Fulton, Kentucky makes sense why all the fuss? Well we owe that in part to Carolyn Allen Dunavant. When Carolyn was an 8th grade student at Carr Elementary School, she wrote a letter to Chet Huntly, a news anchor for NBC, inviting him to the International Banana Festival. Chet took her up on her offer and sent national news cameras to cover the small town festival. Carolyn was honored as a Top Banana that year and invited to a luncheon with Miss America, Donna Exum.

The International Banana Festival has had many changes over the years. In the early years “Amigos”, who ranged in age from 16-20, from South America would come about two weeks before the festival to stay with local families. They would attend parties, churches, schools, and socialize with local teenagers. This provided both groups with a wonderful experience that no textbook could match.

Several distinguished visitors have made appearances at the festival including Miss America, Miss Kentucky, Miss Tennessee, Miss Dairy Princess, officials from the United States State Department, congressmen, senators, and governors. Latin American guests have come from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela.

The highlight of the festival has always been the 1-ton Banana Pudding, deemed the world largest. After traveling in the parade the pudding is then distributed to hungry festival attendees. We hope you join us as we are “Pudding Back Tradition” to the Banana Festival. We are bringing back several events and adding new ones. We hope you find something for the whole family and help make the festival the highlight of the year in the twin cities!