Weekend fest celebrates the tasty treat

Don't split the vote - throw your support behind Wilmington, Ohio, as the true birthplace of the banana split by attending the annual festival honoring the ice cream treat Friday, June 13 or Saturday, June 14.

The Clinton County seat is in a sticky debate with Latrobe, Penn., about where the dish was created. Residents of Wilmington claim that the dessert was conceived at Hazard's restaurant in 1907. Local legend says that owner Ernest Hazard came up with the dish to tempt Wilmington College students to eat ice cream during the winter.

In Latrobe, residents insist that a local pharmacist served the first banana split at a pharmacyin 1904.

Debate aside, festival goers can sample the Ohio version during the celebration, which also includes a classic car show games and free entertainment. The festival runs from 4-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park, 1326 Fife Ave., Wilmington, 45177.

For more information, visit www.bananasplitfestival.com