The 2021 Banana Festival Starts In:


Saturday September 18th
8:30 p.m.
Amphitheater Unity Park

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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. TrainSuddenly 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 more

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