Pictures from the 1981 International Banana Festival
in Fulton, Kentucky / South Fulton, Tennessee



The Chamber of Commerce welcomes you
to the Banana Festival.

Banana Festival banner.
Keep on truckin’ Mr. Banana.

Even the fire hydrants
get into the mood.

Free Chiquita and Dole
bananas are handed out
on the street.

The local dairy company that makes the 1-ton
pudding puts the finishing touches on before it’s
hauled out for the parade.

Everybody loves a parade! The Kentucky Dairy Princess rides on
the float with the 1-ton banana pudding, pulled along by a tractor.

Closeup of the float. The signs
on the two sides of the float
list the ingredients of the
pudding: 1,900 cups of
Turner’s Boiled Custard;
29,000 vanilla wafers;
and 3,760 Dole bananas.

The 1-ton banana pudding! It arrives at the park to
appropriate oohs and aahs as lines of festival-goers
begin forming.

Great legs always help sell a product, or make the
wait in line for your serving of pudding
more enjoyable.

The long line inches forward towards nirvana.

A ton of pudding disappears quickly.

The last dregs of the pudding are
doled out as Ol’ Glory waves in the
background, blessing the festivities
with life, liberty, & the love of bananas.

“The remains of the day.”
I believe the rumor that the title
of the famed novel and movie
were inspired by the Banana
Festival is probably an exageration.

Nothing to do with bananas, just a nice shot of the
full moon over the carnival rides at the Festival.
Hand held, no tripod, probably at about 1/4 second.

These last four classic pictures of the proud citizens of Fulton posing with their bananas at the Festival are
smaller versions of the larger ones hanging in honored glory on the Banana Wall of Fame section of 101 Bananas.

     

     




 




Pictures from the 2012 50th Anniversary International Banana Festival

Things have changed in 30 years... unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that free bananas are handed out on
the street anymore. But the pudding is still there, and it’s still free at the end of the parade.


     


 

The local businesses in Fulton/S. Fulton get into the spirit by decorating their storefront windows:

     

     

     


 

Even the light poles around town are decorated:


 

Oogie & Oogls Piddlepop entertain festival goers:


 

Local students at all levels compete to make the best poster for the Banana Festival:

     

     

     


 

The grand parade on Saturday ends the week-long festivities:

     

     

     

     

     

     


 

The Banana Festival Princess (in blue) and her Court end the parade,
riding on the float with the 1 ton banana pudding:


One thing that hasn’t changed in 30 years: the pudding float always seems to attract great legs....


 

It’s already getting dark as the pudding is served to festival goers in a local park;
a concert in the park later that evening ends the 2012 Banana Festival:

     

     


 

“That’s all folks....”
Until next year....




 




Pictures from the 2013 International Banana Festival


     

     


Looking down the parade route as the crowd awaits....

     

     


“Faith, Family, & Pudding”... the essential ingredients for a happy life.

     

     
Even the Lone Ranger attends the Banana Festival.


The Banana Festival princess and her court, and the 1-ton banana pudding.


 

As usual, the Banana Festival seems to always feature great legs:

     

     


 

After the parade, crowds gather for the banana pudding:

     

     


Dead carcass of a banana lies on the asphalt streets of Fulton, signifying a fitting end to
the 2013 Banana Festival. He gave the last full measure of devotion to the cause, with
no one to honor or witness his lonely passing.




 




(Reserved for pictures from the 2014 Banana Festival....)