June 7-9, 2013 49th Strawberry Festival – Bedford, Ohio

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June 7-9, 2013 49th Strawberry Festival – Bedford, Ohio
Presented by the Bedford Historical Society, the festival will offer plenty of berries with ice cream, entertainment, and a classic car show.
49th Strawberry Festival June 7, 8 & 9, 2013 &Strawberry Fest
8th Classic Car Show 2013 Program

2013 Festival Food Vendors should contact: 216 210-6252, ask for Nick
Must be set up from June 7, 3:00PM to June 9, 8:00PM
Festival hours:
6PM to 11PM Fri. June 7
12 Noon to 11PM Sat. June 8
12 Noon to 8PM Sun. June 9

June 7-8, 2013 Banana Split Festival – Wilmington, Ohio

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June 7-8, 2013 Banana Split FestivalWilmington, Ohio
Celebrating Wilmington’s claim as the birthplace of the Banana Split in 1907. Music, car show, crafts, games, etc.



Banana fest

Join us at the nation’s only Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio. This June is our 19th year. Enjoy free concerts, continuous entertainment, a cruise-in of classic cars, crafts and collectibles, games, rides, unique food and, of course, Banana Splits!
J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park
1326 Fife Avenue

Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Phone Number(s)
Local Number: (937) 382-1965
Toll-Free: (877) 428-4748
Friday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Events Dates:
6/7/2013 – 6/8/2013


One of America’s Favorites – the Banana Split

May 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A banana split is an ice cream-based dessert. In its classic form it is served in a long dish called a boat. A banana is cut in half lengthwise (hence the split) and laid in the dish. There are many variations, but the classic banana split is made with scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream served in a row between the split banana. Pineapple topping is spooned over the strawberry ice cream, chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and strawberry topping over the chocolate. It is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.


David Evans Strickler, a 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy, located at 805 Ligonier Street in Latrobe,

A traditional banana split as served at Cabot's Ice Cream and Restaurant in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

A traditional banana split as served at Cabot’s Ice Cream and Restaurant in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

Pennsylvania, who enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain, invented the banana-based triple ice cream sundae in 1904. The sundae originally cost 10 cents, twice the price of other sundaes, and caught on with students of nearby Saint Vincent College. News of the sundae spread by word-of-mouth by students, through correspondence, and at professional conventions. Strickler went on to buy the pharmacy, naming it Strickler’s Pharmacy. The city of Latrobe celebrated the 100th anniversary of the invention of the banana split in 2004 and, in the same year, the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) certified the city as its birthplace.


Shortly after its invention by Strickler, a Boston ice cream entrepreneur came up with the same sundae, with one minor flaw — he served his banana splits with the bananas unpeeled until he discovered that people preferred them peeled.
Wilmington, Ohio also claims an early connection. In 1907, restaurant owner Ernest Hazard wanted to attract students from Wilmington College during the slow days of winter. He staged an employee contest to come up with a new ice cream dish. When none of his workers were up to the task, he split a banana lengthwise, threw it into an elongated dish and created his own dessert. The town commemorates the event each June with a Banana Split Festival.



Walgreens is credited with spreading the popularity of the banana split. The early drug stores operated by Charles Rudolph Walgreen in the Chicago area adopted the banana split as a signature dessert. Fountains in the stores proved to be drawing cards, attracting customers who might otherwise have been just as satisfied having their prescriptions filled at some other drug store in the neighborhood.


The banana split pie appears to have originated in the American Midwest, and to have been created by Janet Winquest, a 16 year-old resident of Holdrege, Nebraska, today still an isolated rural community that counted 5,500 souls during the 2010 census.
Sometime in 1952, Ms. Winquest won a $3,000.00 award from Pillsbury, during the Grand National Recipe and Baking Contest.

Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio – June 7th & 8th, 2013

May 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio – June 7th & 8th, 2013


We would like to thank everyone who attended the 2012 festival making it a huge success!

Banana Split Fest 2

Mark Your Calendar – The 2013 Festival is set for
June 7th & 8th!

Join us at the nation’s only Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio. This June is our 19th year. Enjoy free concerts, continuousentertainment, a cruise-in of classic cars, crafts and collectibles, games, rides, unique food and, of course, Banana Splits!
J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park
1326 Fife Avenue

Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Phone Number(s)
Local Number: (937) 382-1965
Toll-Free: (877) 428-4748
Friday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Special Hours:

Additional Information

Events Dates:
6/7/2013 – 6/8/2013


We will not back down from our claim! Ohio Reigns Supreme When It Comes To The Banana Split!

The original Hazard’s Restaurant, pictured here in 1907 with a “Banana Split” advertisement above the counter.

It’s become a major topic of debate in two neighboring states – Ohio and Pennsylvania – and it’s all over food. It may sound silly, but to Wilmington, Ohio it’s an issue worth fighting for, if only figuratively. food in question is the all-American banana split, and the debate itself over who first “invented” this well-know ice cream dessert.

After nearly a century of hearing how the banana split received its birth, the people of Wilmington went so far as to preserve the claim, that they created a festival in its name. Ever increasing exposure for the festival brought Latrobe, Pennsylvania‘s claim to surface several years ago. Their claim boasts of its creation three years prior to Wilmington’s, but it’s a claim Wilmington refuses to accept.

The people of Wilmington stand by their claim and even brought the family of the dessert’s creator, Ernest Hazard, to the Banana Split Festival several years ago to recognize his role in influencing Americana. Hazard’s grandson and daughter shared in this historical event.

In downtown Wilmington, there used to be a restaurant called Hazard’s. The proprietor of the restaurant was Ernest Hazard.
Like most merchants in Wilmington today he wanted to find a way to attract the students of Wilmington College to come to his restaurant.

It was a very blustery winter in 1907, so business was slow and the employees didn’t have a whole lot of work to do. So Hazard decided that a good way to get some business was to create a new dish that was so unique everyone would want to try it. So he offered to furnish unlimited ingredients to the employees and have a contest to see who could come up with the most unusual dish.

Surprisingly enough, the winner of the contest was Ernest Hazard. He took a long dessert dish, arranged a peeled banana and three scoops of ice cream in it, and added a shot of chocolate syrup, a little strawberry jam, and a few bits of pineapple. On top of this, he sprinkled some ground nuts, and garnished his invention with a mountain of whipped cream and two red cherries on its peak.

After winning the contest Hazard faced another dilemma. What would he name the dish? Some help was needed with this aspect of public relations, so Hazard enlisted the opinion of his cousin, Clifton Hazard, for the job.

Hazard made the concoction for Clifton and asked him to take a taste test. He then told him that he had an idea in mind for the name, a banana split. Upon hearing that, Clifton told him that he didn’t think that the name was one that would help him get any extra publicity. He didn’t think that anyone would ever walk in and ask for something called a banana split.

There are those who might dispute Wilmington’s claim, but nevertheless, thousands of people will flock to Wilmington to sample an old-fashioned banana split during the second weekend in June. They’ll also hear the story that has endured the years of how Hazard created the first banana split.

Festival goers will still enjoy the many food booths and craft and collectible booths promoting the 50s and 60s, a classic car cruise in, games for the entire family, and free entertainment. But the highlight for most will be the “build your own” banana split booth.




Three Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread

December 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM | Posted in beans, chili, Crock Pot, spices and herbs, turkey | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Three Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread
Well Winter is here to stay. Not quite as windy but another cold but sunny Winter day. So like yesterday I wanted a hearty and healthy 3 Bean Turkey Chili 001dinner that would warm you up a bit. So I prepared Three Bean Turkey Chili w/ Cornbread!

I love this Chili! Made in a Crockpot, which makes it a breeze to clean up. I just get everything prepped and ready in the morning and load the Crockpot up! I make it with Honeysuckle White Extra Lean Ground Turkey and 3 different Beans; Spicy Chili Beans, Dark Red Low Sodium Kidney Beans, and Cannellini White Beans. I add 1 Packet of McCormick Chili Mix to it and then load up the great spices on top of it; 1 Tbs Minced Garlic, 1/2 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick), 1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick), 1 Tsp. Ground Roasted Cumin, 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon, 1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves, and 5 Dashes (or more) of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste! I also add 2 small cans of Tomato Paste and 1/2 cup of Water. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours). I cooked mine on low for about 5 1/2 hors. After about 2 hours everything starts to come together and the aroma of the simmering Chili starts to fill the kitchen! Too Good!! I left the full recipe at the bottom of the post.


I also baked a small cast iron skillet of Cornbread. Cornbread and Chili are the perfect couple. I used Martha White Corn Meal Mix. I guess I use the Martha White Brand because my Mom always used it along with my Grandmother. It’s easy to fix, the instructions are on the bag. I use Egg Beaters and Extra Virgin Oil instead of Eggs and Vegetable Oil the recipe calls for. Bake at 450 degrees for about 25 minutes and you have some golden brown piping hot Cornbread! If you use a small cast iron skillet just cut the recipe in half and it comes out just right for the skillet size. For dessert a mini Banana Split. I make it with a Dole Mini Banana (that I split in half), Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream, Smuckers Sugar Free Hot Fudge Topping, and Walnut pieces.

3 Bean Turkey Chili3 Bean Turkey Chili 002


1 lb. Honey Suckle White Extra Lean 99/1 Ground turkey
2 Cans (6 oz.) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
1 Can (15 oz.) Chili Beans
1 Can (15 oz.) Light Sodium Kidney Beans
1 Can (15 oz.) Cannellini Beans, rinsed
3/4 Cup of Water
1 Packet McCormick Chili Mix
1 Tbs Minced Garlic
1/2 Tbs Ground Cocoa Chili Blend (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (McCormick)
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Ground cumin
1 Tbs of Cilantro Leaves
5 Dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce or to taste.
KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Oyster Crackers, Reduced Fat

*COOK turkey in large saucepan on medium-high heat 10 min. or until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining ingredients except 1 can of the tomato paste and the cheese and crackers.

*ADD to slow cooker and add in the remaining 1 can of tomato paste.

*COVER with lid. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours (or on LOW 5 to 6 hours).

*Serve in bowl or mug with cheese and the oyster crackers, A Tablespoon of fat free sour cream, or serve with some home made cornbread ears.



The Martha White Corn Meal3 Bean Turkey Chili 003

White Self-Rising Corn Meal Mix. Self Rising White Enriched with Hot Rize®

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 3 Tbsp (31g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 110
Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g1%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 440mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 22g7%
Dietary Fiber 2g6%
Protein 2g
Calcium2%Iron6%Thiamin10%Riboflavin6%Niacin6%Folic Acid15%

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