Storms soften Banana Split Fest


Full day of fun set for Saturday

Volunteers with the Wilmington Assembly of God pause for a pic as they set up their food booth during better weather early Friday afternoon.

Volunteers with the Wilmington Assembly of God pause for a pic as they set up their food booth during better weather early Friday afternoon.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Dustin Stiffler, right, finishes his banana split along with Tyson Captain. They came from Hillsboro.


Tom Barr | News Journal

The crew from R+L Carries loaded up their trailer amidst the rain.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Jacob Shambrock and Shelby Williams of Wilmington manage to enjoy their banana splits before the festival shut down for the night early due to the storms.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Hunter Chain, right, gets a dash of whipped cream from Dan Evers.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Jayme Maynard and Hunter Chain of Hillsboro split some desserts.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Marian Miller and Dan Evers pack up the Wilmington Rotary Clubs’ banana split booth as rain pelts the area.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Mike Chapman of the Batavia Rotary Club trekked to the fest along with kids Sam and Levi and mom Trace.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Coming all the way from Peebles and not to be denied their banana splits Friday night are, from left, Charlie Stiltner, Ashlie Milburn, Brittnee Milburn and Cody Gardner.


Tom Barr | News Journal

WILMINGTON — The annual Banana Split Festival at Denver Williams Park closed before much of it got started Friday night due to the steady storms and rain.

Only a few intrepid attendees, who persevered through the rumbles of thunder and hard rain, got to enjoy banana splits made by a few intrepid Wilmington Rotarians before everything was shut down around 7 p.m.

The festival continues Saturday, June 9:

8-9 a.m.: Heather’s Hope Lickety Split 5K walk/run registration

9 a.m.: Heather’s Hope Lickety Split 5K

10 a.m.: Festival opens for Saturday

noon-1:30 p.m.: Flash Back with classic rock and dance music

1:30-3 p.m.: Jay Bridge Corner featuring folk, pop, country, acoustic, blues and Americana

3 p.m.: Banana Split eating contest at 3rd Pavilion

3-4 p.m. Lost and Found “acoustic thrash” to “heavy mental” duo

4-5:30 p.m.: The Hitchhikers Band with traditional Celtic music

5:30-6 p.m.: Car show awards

5:50-7:45 p.m.: Sawgrass bluegrass music trio

8-10 p.m.: PASSION features a high-energy wide variety of music and fun from classic rock and pop to country, dance, Latin, R&B, funk, disco, golden oldies and even more …

For more information on the festival, please visit www.bananasplitfestival.com .

Volunteers with the Wilmington Assembly of God pause for a pic as they set up their food booth during better weather early Friday afternoon.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0556-3.jpgVolunteers with the Wilmington Assembly of God pause for a pic as they set up their food booth during better weather early Friday afternoon. Tom Barr | News Journal

Dustin Stiffler, right, finishes his banana split along with Tyson Captain. They came from Hillsboro.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0591-1.jpgDustin Stiffler, right, finishes his banana split along with Tyson Captain. They came from Hillsboro. Tom Barr | News Journal

The crew from R+L Carries loaded up their trailer amidst the rain.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0573-1.jpgThe crew from R+L Carries loaded up their trailer amidst the rain. Tom Barr | News Journal

Jacob Shambrock and Shelby Williams of Wilmington manage to enjoy their banana splits before the festival shut down for the night early due to the storms.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0576-1.jpgJacob Shambrock and Shelby Williams of Wilmington manage to enjoy their banana splits before the festival shut down for the night early due to the storms. Tom Barr | News Journal

Hunter Chain, right, gets a dash of whipped cream from Dan Evers.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0577-1.jpgHunter Chain, right, gets a dash of whipped cream from Dan Evers. Tom Barr | News Journal

Jayme Maynard and Hunter Chain of Hillsboro split some desserts.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0581-1.jpgJayme Maynard and Hunter Chain of Hillsboro split some desserts. Tom Barr | News Journal

Marian Miller and Dan Evers pack up the Wilmington Rotary Clubs’ banana split booth as rain pelts the area.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0582-1.jpgMarian Miller and Dan Evers pack up the Wilmington Rotary Clubs’ banana split booth as rain pelts the area. Tom Barr | News Journal

Mike Chapman of the Batavia Rotary Club trekked to the fest along with kids Sam and Levi and mom Trace.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0589-1.jpgMike Chapman of the Batavia Rotary Club trekked to the fest along with kids Sam and Levi and mom Trace. Tom Barr | News Journal

Coming all the way from Peebles and not to be denied their banana splits Friday night are, from left, Charlie Stiltner, Ashlie Milburn, Brittnee Milburn and Cody Gardner.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/06/web1_DSC_0585-1.jpgComing all the way from Peebles and not to be denied their banana splits Friday night are, from left, Charlie Stiltner, Ashlie Milburn, Brittnee Milburn and Cody Gardner. Tom Barr | News Journal
Full day of fun set for Saturday