Latrobe, Pa. (September 2019) — It is with great pleasure that the Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce announces August 21-23 as the date of the 2020 Great American Banana Split Celebration.
Highlights of the 2019 celebration included the first Banana Split Princess Pageant, a third stage, blood drive, big banana car, an over 21 area, goat yoga, and expanded activity schedule for kids and adults. It is estimated that 12,000 people attended over the course of the three day event as Latrobe celebrated the 115 years since the banana split was first created in its downtown.
While planning for the 2020 event is ongoing, the 5k Banana Run, car show, pie eating contest, Banana Band, and musical entertainment will fill the schedule along with new or reimagined activities. Information about the event will be posted to bananasplitfest.com and to the event’s Facebook page.
The Great American Banana Split Celebration began in August 2013 with the unveiling of a Pennsylvania Historical Marker at the site of the former Strickler’s Pharmacy where the split was invented. In 2004, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association certified Latrobe as the banana split’s birthplace.