The 2017 Banana Festival Starts In:

Keith Anderson

Saturday September 16th
8:00 p.m.
Amphitheater Unity Park

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Singer/Songwriter Keith Anderson’s latest song “I’ll Bring The Music” sums up Anderson to a T. That is one thing that you can always say about this academic athlete from Miami, OK, who has always excelled at anything he has put his mind to, is he WILL bring the Music. Although he has co-written hits for other artists, most notably "Lost In This Moment", the No. 1 smash for Big & Rich which garnered him a CMA and ACM Song of the Year nomination, Anderson does not write with other artists in mind. "I think I’ll always write about what I know and feel--and typically with myself in mind. However, I write a lot and I keep the songs that are really speaking to me when I’m recording, and pitch everything else to other artists", says Anderson. Anderson also co-wrote the Grammy-nominated, "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)" for Garth Brooks and George Jones, "The Bed" for Gretchen Wilson and "Barn Burner" for Jason Michael Carroll. His debut CD, "Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll", was certified Gold and garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), "Pickin’ Wildflowers," and "Every Time I Hear Your Name," along with two Top 30 hits "XXL" and "Podunk". This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year. It wasn’t just his music that was getting attention. Anderson was named one of People Magazine’s "50 Hottest Bachelors", and Men’s Fitness Magazine’s, "Ultimate Country Star”. ...Read More

Shelby Lowe

Friday September 15th
7:30 p.m.
Amphitheater Unity Park

Shelby Lowe

Singer-Songwriter, Shelby Lee Lowe, has the potential to establish what country music has been missing for the past decade, modern country with a traditional backbone. A native of middle Tennessee and a graduate with a degree in Music Business from MTSU, Shelby learned how to maneuver his way through the difficult obstacles in the music industry, all the while honing his craft and preparing himself for a long music career. Shelby’s self-titled debut album was released in October of 2016. He penned eleven of the thirteen songs; including titles such as “Slow Dancing”, “At It Again” and “History”. “Honky Tonk Race” is already making waves in the Line Dancing Scene. Shelby Lee Lowe has opened for great artists like Charlie Daniels, Cowboy Troy, Sister Hazel, Darryl Worley and Big Smo. His 2017 tour is being booked now and he expects his success to continue. Shelby Lee Lowe gives 100% to his craft and commitment to his music career. Establishing himself as an authentic country music entertainer with comparisons to country artists we revere such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Dwight Yoakam. ..Read More


Brennley Brown

Saturday September 16th
7:00 p.m.
Amphitheater Unity Park

Brennley Brown

Brennley Brown is a 15 year old, country singer-songwriter and finalist on Season 12 of The Voice. The sheer purity, power, and control of her voice, combined with her emotive performances leave a lasting impression on all who hear the young performer, who was raised on classic country music from the likes of Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton....Read More

Brandon Holland

Friday September 15th
8:45 p.m.
Amphitheater Unity Park

Brandon Holland Every time Brandon Holland picks up his guitar and sings, he is grateful for the chance to use his talents to inspire and motivate others to follow their dreams. He is reminded each day that he lives out the same dream once shared by his musician father who passed away when Brandon was only five years old. Another influential relative was Brandon’s grandfather who gave him his first guitar and introduced him to the work of legends such as Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, and Fats Domino...Read More

2017 Platinum Sponsors

Premier Portable Buildings

Rudolf Tire

Jackson Purchase Medical Center

2017 Gold Sponsors

All Kraft Erectors Inc
Tyson
Heritage Bank
Evans Total Care

Tracking Down Tradition

It’s almost that time—time for the Twin Cities to GO BANANAS! It’s time to celebrate everything wonderful about our communities. This year’s festival will be full of memory making events for all ages. Our theme for Banana Festival 2017:

Tracking Down Tradition!

Events are scheduled September 9-16, and we are asking you, once again to pledge your support.
2017 Top Banana memberships are being sold for $100/individual or $150/couples.Banana Ball
Members receive recognition in the Banana Festival souvenir programs, reserved seating to all concert events, the fashion show and bandstand seating for the parade, event special parking. Additionally, members receive complementary tickets to the Banana Ball.

The Banana Ball will be held Friday, September 8 at 7 pm at Buck’s Celebration Center, featuring food, drinks and entertainment by the Nashville Group The Remedies!!

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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 ...read more

2017 Banana Festival
T-Shirts Available SOON!

Adult $20 Youth $18
Shirts can be purchased at Two-Doors Down

2016 Banana Festival T-Shirt

You can also purchase T-Shirts, souvenirs, candy/Pudding Buckets, Banana Beads, Cups, Coozies, Drinks, Ice Cream, in the Banana Cabana during the Festival begining Wednesday September 14th!

2017 Silver Sponsors

The Citizens Bank
Tennova Healthcare

2017 Bronze Sponsors

Amerigas Jones Logistics Trucking, LLC

Placeholder imageThe Current
The Keg Bar & Grill
Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce
Two Doors Down Boutique
Morris Farms
Reelfoot Bank
Simmons Bank
Alan Jones, DMD
WCMES

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