2016 Schedule of Events



Friday, June 10th

4:00 Festival Opens

Pony Rides
starting at 4:00 on Friday and going thru Saturday


4:00 Cruise-In

A cruise-in will be featured on Friday evening. Cars enter the cruise-in area at the park from 4 pm to 7:30 pm. One vehicle will be chosen as the "Banana Split Committee's Choice" and receive a plaque. There is no charge to participate in the cruise-in Friday night.

4:00 - 7:30 - OSU Buckeye Mobile Tour

Travels throughout the State of Ohio engaging fans through interactive games, activities, Buckeye-branded vehicles and inflatables. Don't miss the ‘Buckeye Experience’ at the Banana Split Festival. No charge for this event.

4:00 - 5:15

Rewind - The band is composed of friends, classmates and family who share a common bond for the love of music from the golden oldie years of the 50's, 60's and a little of the classic country sounds.

5:30 - 7:30

Reload - They perform covers of classic rock/funk/soul songs from a wide variety of artists such as Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears, Cold Blood, The Temptations, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker, Chicago and many others.

8:00 - 10:00

Blue Steel - Playing classic rock favorites from the 70's and 80's

10:00 pm
Festival Closes

for more information on the bands, check the Entertaiment page

Saturday, June 11th


Sign-up at 8:00

5K Run Starts at 9:00

A local organization founded by Wilmington High School Alumni in honor of their dear friend Heather James who passed away in 2008 from Type 1 Diabetes. Heather’s Hope has been raising money to help those with Diabetes in the local area.

For more information, email Adrienne Schaad at adrienne0341@yahoo.com. To register, you can download a registration form or go to our online registration form. Pre-register by June 1st and receive an official race day t-shirt. 5K Prizes Awarded to the winners of each age group. Click here to view a Map of the run.


Festival Opens

11:00 -12:25

Rhythm Union - Rhythm Union is a classic rock and modern country band who is well known in Southwest Ohio.

12:30 - 1:00

The Folks - A two man act made up of Ben Schaad and George Carrington both of Wilmington


Classic Car Show

Car show entries are open from noon to 4:30 pm, with an entry fee of $10 per vehicle. Entries are judged, and winners are presented with trophies at 8:15 pm. The first one-hundred vehicles received dash plaques.

1:00 - 3:00

Sawgrass - High energy bluegrass quartet

3:00 - 4:00 Praise and Worship with Carolyn Plummer
4:00 - 5:00 The Folks


Banana Split Eating Contest - In the pavillion.
Three divisions: Adult, Teens & Kids



Announcements and Car Show Awards from the Stage

5:30 - 7:30

Smoooth - Inspired by early R&B legends of the '50s, '60s and '70s

8:00 - 10:00 Passion Music Group -They perform a true variety of music from just about every popular musical genre, including Rock, Pop, Country, R&B, Dance, Funk, Motown, Disco, 50's-60's, Hip-Hop, Latin, 30's-40's, Swing, and Jazz.

10:00 pm

Festval Ends

for more information on the bands, check the Entertaiment page


The Banana Split Festival is organized by the Wilmington Rotary Club and
the Wilmington A.M. Rotary Club. All net proceeds go to Clinton County Charities.