Going bananas for splits


Lilly Carlier, right, is the winner of the 2019 Banana Split Eating Contest in the youngest age bracket. Wilmington Parks & Recreation Director Jermaine Isaac, left, congratulates her. Lilly, you can wear your new Banana Split Festival T-shirt with pride!

Lilly Carlier, right, is the winner of the 2019 Banana Split Eating Contest in the youngest age bracket. Wilmington Parks & Recreation Director Jermaine Isaac, left, congratulates her. Lilly, you can wear your new Banana Split Festival T-shirt with pride!


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

A golf cart shuttle service is a popular feature of the Banana Split Festival, where the vehicles and volunteer drivers go between the parking lot and the festival’s site at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park. The cart in the foreground includes passengers State Rep. Shane Wilkin in the back seat and his wife Katie Wilkin, an assistant Clinton County prosecutor, in the front passenger seat.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

These young girls are enjoying a long slide on a giant inflatable at the Banana Split Festival.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The band Flash Back performed Saturday afternoon at the festival. Former resident Dan Mongold is on the left.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Kids of all ages appreciate the entertainment of ventriloquist and magician Remy & Friends, a member of Family Entertainment Professionals.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Audience participation is often part of a magician’s act, and the Remy & Friends Show was no exception with this young member from the audience getting involved. By the way, the magician has a red balloon on his nose.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

You’ve probably seen the plate-spinning trick before. This time, though, a young girl from the audience named Seven demonstrates that you don’t have to be a professional entertainer to do it (at least if you have the right equipment and instruction).


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

It’s the famous banana split eating contest. From left are Lindi Carlier, Sydney McFadden, Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier, and the eventual winner Lilly Carlier. Standing in the background is emcee Bill Liermann.


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Sydney McFadden, left, takes a breather from the banana split eating contest. From Sydney going right are Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier and Lilly Carlier.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

That’s not an apple the young girl is holding — it’s a small red balloon sculpted to look like an apple.


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Some on-and-off drizzle didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the 25th Annual Banana Split Festival held Friday and Saturday at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington. From left at the banana split eating contest are contestants Lindi Carlier and Sydney McFadden. In the upper right background is emcee Bill Liermann. For more photos of Saturday’s events, please visit wnewsj.com .


Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Lilly Carlier, right, is the winner of the 2019 Banana Split Eating Contest in the youngest age bracket. Wilmington Parks & Recreation Director Jermaine Isaac, left, congratulates her. Lilly, you can wear your new Banana Split Festival T-shirt with pride!

A golf cart shuttle service is a popular feature of the Banana Split Festival, where the vehicles and volunteer drivers go between the parking lot and the festival’s site at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park. The cart in the foreground includes passengers State Rep. Shane Wilkin in the back seat and his wife Katie Wilkin, an assistant Clinton County prosecutor, in the front passenger seat.

These young girls are enjoying a long slide on a giant inflatable at the Banana Split Festival.

The band Flash Back performed Saturday afternoon at the festival. Former resident Dan Mongold is on the left.

Kids of all ages appreciate the entertainment of ventriloquist and magician Remy & Friends, a member of Family Entertainment Professionals.

Audience participation is often part of a magician’s act, and the Remy & Friends Show was no exception with this young member from the audience getting involved. By the way, the magician has a red balloon on his nose.

You’ve probably seen the plate-spinning trick before. This time, though, a young girl from the audience named Seven demonstrates that you don’t have to be a professional entertainer to do it (at least if you have the right equipment and instruction).

It’s the famous banana split eating contest. From left are Lindi Carlier, Sydney McFadden, Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier, and the eventual winner Lilly Carlier. Standing in the background is emcee Bill Liermann.

Sydney McFadden, left, takes a breather from the banana split eating contest. From Sydney going right are Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier and Lilly Carlier.

That’s not an apple the young girl is holding — it’s a small red balloon sculpted to look like an apple.

Some on-and-off drizzle didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the 25th Annual Banana Split Festival held Friday and Saturday at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington. From left at the banana split eating contest are contestants Lindi Carlier and Sydney McFadden. In the upper right background is emcee Bill Liermann. For more photos of Saturday’s events, please visit wnewsj.com .

Lilly Carlier, right, is the winner of the 2019 Banana Split Eating Contest in the youngest age bracket. Wilmington Parks & Recreation Director Jermaine Isaac, left, congratulates her. Lilly, you can wear your new Banana Split Festival T-shirt with pride!
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0188-2.jpgLilly Carlier, right, is the winner of the 2019 Banana Split Eating Contest in the youngest age bracket. Wilmington Parks & Recreation Director Jermaine Isaac, left, congratulates her. Lilly, you can wear your new Banana Split Festival T-shirt with pride! Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

A golf cart shuttle service is a popular feature of the Banana Split Festival, where the vehicles and volunteer drivers go between the parking lot and the festival’s site at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park. The cart in the foreground includes passengers State Rep. Shane Wilkin in the back seat and his wife Katie Wilkin, an assistant Clinton County prosecutor, in the front passenger seat.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0044-2.jpgA golf cart shuttle service is a popular feature of the Banana Split Festival, where the vehicles and volunteer drivers go between the parking lot and the festival’s site at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park. The cart in the foreground includes passengers State Rep. Shane Wilkin in the back seat and his wife Katie Wilkin, an assistant Clinton County prosecutor, in the front passenger seat. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

These young girls are enjoying a long slide on a giant inflatable at the Banana Split Festival.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0045-2.jpgThese young girls are enjoying a long slide on a giant inflatable at the Banana Split Festival. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The band Flash Back performed Saturday afternoon at the festival. Former resident Dan Mongold is on the left.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0053-2.jpgThe band Flash Back performed Saturday afternoon at the festival. Former resident Dan Mongold is on the left. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Kids of all ages appreciate the entertainment of ventriloquist and magician Remy & Friends, a member of Family Entertainment Professionals.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0114-2.jpgKids of all ages appreciate the entertainment of ventriloquist and magician Remy & Friends, a member of Family Entertainment Professionals. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Audience participation is often part of a magician’s act, and the Remy & Friends Show was no exception with this young member from the audience getting involved. By the way, the magician has a red balloon on his nose.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0133-2.jpgAudience participation is often part of a magician’s act, and the Remy & Friends Show was no exception with this young member from the audience getting involved. By the way, the magician has a red balloon on his nose. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

You’ve probably seen the plate-spinning trick before. This time, though, a young girl from the audience named Seven demonstrates that you don’t have to be a professional entertainer to do it (at least if you have the right equipment and instruction).
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0145-2.jpgYou’ve probably seen the plate-spinning trick before. This time, though, a young girl from the audience named Seven demonstrates that you don’t have to be a professional entertainer to do it (at least if you have the right equipment and instruction). Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

It’s the famous banana split eating contest. From left are Lindi Carlier, Sydney McFadden, Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier, and the eventual winner Lilly Carlier. Standing in the background is emcee Bill Liermann.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0155-2.jpgIt’s the famous banana split eating contest. From left are Lindi Carlier, Sydney McFadden, Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier, and the eventual winner Lilly Carlier. Standing in the background is emcee Bill Liermann. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Sydney McFadden, left, takes a breather from the banana split eating contest. From Sydney going right are Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier and Lilly Carlier.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0183-2.jpgSydney McFadden, left, takes a breather from the banana split eating contest. From Sydney going right are Kenzie Spears, Livia Carlier and Lilly Carlier. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

That’s not an apple the young girl is holding — it’s a small red balloon sculpted to look like an apple.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0135-2.jpgThat’s not an apple the young girl is holding — it’s a small red balloon sculpted to look like an apple. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

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Some on-and-off drizzle didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the 25th Annual Banana Split Festival held Friday and Saturday at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington. From left at the banana split eating contest are contestants Lindi Carlier and Sydney McFadden. In the upper right background is emcee Bill Liermann. For more photos of Saturday’s events, please visit wnewsj.com .
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_DSC_0158-2.jpgSome on-and-off drizzle didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the 25th Annual Banana Split Festival held Friday and Saturday at J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington. From left at the banana split eating contest are contestants Lindi Carlier and Sydney McFadden. In the upper right background is emcee Bill Liermann. For more photos of Saturday’s events, please visit wnewsj.com . Gary Huffenberger | News Journal