A Split-tacular weekend in Wilmington


There were plenty among the younger set willing to take on the challenge of the banana split eating contest at the annual Banana Split Festival Saturday in Wilmington. Because use of the hands is not allowed, the “banana boat” dish tends to scoot around upon the table top, slowing down consumption in the speed-eating competition. In the left foreground is Tyler Middleton, 9. The contestant in the center split before the photographer got his name. Darrick Perdue, 11, of Wilmington, won the kids contest.


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A dunking booth at an event that features a baseball tournament may just lead to repeated sounds of water splashing, thanks to the accuracy of the throwers. Wearing a green Wilmington College T-shirt and manning the booth is Chip Murdock.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Getting into the spirit of things at the Banana Split Festival are, from left, Vivi Hackman, Charlie Hackman and Ellie Hackman, of Lebanon, Ohio.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The cruise-in and car show are popular parts of the annual Banana Split Festival held at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

You don’t have to be a kid to take part in a banana split eating contest. You just have to be willing to have a messy, sticky face.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

There were plenty among the younger set willing to take on the challenge of the banana split eating contest at the annual Banana Split Festival Saturday in Wilmington. Because use of the hands is not allowed, the “banana boat” dish tends to scoot around upon the table top, slowing down consumption in the speed-eating competition. In the left foreground is Tyler Middleton, 9. The contestant in the center split before the photographer got his name. Darrick Perdue, 11, of Wilmington, won the kids contest.

A dunking booth at an event that features a baseball tournament may just lead to repeated sounds of water splashing, thanks to the accuracy of the throwers. Wearing a green Wilmington College T-shirt and manning the booth is Chip Murdock.

Getting into the spirit of things at the Banana Split Festival are, from left, Vivi Hackman, Charlie Hackman and Ellie Hackman, of Lebanon, Ohio.

The cruise-in and car show are popular parts of the annual Banana Split Festival held at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington.

You don’t have to be a kid to take part in a banana split eating contest. You just have to be willing to have a messy, sticky face.

There were plenty among the younger set willing to take on the challenge of the banana split eating contest at the annual Banana Split Festival Saturday in Wilmington. Because use of the hands is not allowed, the “banana boat” dish tends to scoot around upon the table top, slowing down consumption in the speed-eating competition. In the left foreground is Tyler Middleton, 9. The contestant in the center split before the photographer got his name. Darrick Perdue, 11, of Wilmington, won the kids contest.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/06/web1_DSC_0069.jpgThere were plenty among the younger set willing to take on the challenge of the banana split eating contest at the annual Banana Split Festival Saturday in Wilmington. Because use of the hands is not allowed, the “banana boat” dish tends to scoot around upon the table top, slowing down consumption in the speed-eating competition. In the left foreground is Tyler Middleton, 9. The contestant in the center split before the photographer got his name. Darrick Perdue, 11, of Wilmington, won the kids contest. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

A dunking booth at an event that features a baseball tournament may just lead to repeated sounds of water splashing, thanks to the accuracy of the throwers. Wearing a green Wilmington College T-shirt and manning the booth is Chip Murdock.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/06/web1_DSC_1186.jpgA dunking booth at an event that features a baseball tournament may just lead to repeated sounds of water splashing, thanks to the accuracy of the throwers. Wearing a green Wilmington College T-shirt and manning the booth is Chip Murdock. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Getting into the spirit of things at the Banana Split Festival are, from left, Vivi Hackman, Charlie Hackman and Ellie Hackman, of Lebanon, Ohio.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/06/web1_DSC_1188.jpgGetting into the spirit of things at the Banana Split Festival are, from left, Vivi Hackman, Charlie Hackman and Ellie Hackman, of Lebanon, Ohio. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The cruise-in and car show are popular parts of the annual Banana Split Festival held at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/06/web1_DSC_0019.jpgThe cruise-in and car show are popular parts of the annual Banana Split Festival held at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

You don’t have to be a kid to take part in a banana split eating contest. You just have to be willing to have a messy, sticky face.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/06/web1_DSC_0042.jpgYou don’t have to be a kid to take part in a banana split eating contest. You just have to be willing to have a messy, sticky face. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal