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June 15, 2014

Wilmington OH - June 13 & 14, 2014.
The Banana Split Festival features good old-fashioned fun with games and rides for everyone, crafts and collectibles, free concerts, continuous entertainment, a classic car cruise-in and car show, unique food booths, a banana split eating contest and of course the "make your own" banana split booth.

Friday, June 13, 2014
4:00 Festival Opens

Pony Rides starting at 4:00 on Friday and going thru Saturday
4:00 A Cruise-In (no-charge) will be featured on Friday evening from 4:00 pm to closing. The first 100 vehicles to arrive will receive dash plaques. Door prizes donated by local businesses will be drawn throughout the festival and all registered vehicles will be eligible to win them.

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.

4:30 - 6:30 Cheap Thrill - The Cheap Thrill Band- a 3 Piece Classic Rock band covering the songs of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s, first got its start back in the 80’s.
6:30 - 7:15
Ben Schaad- Ben Schaad has been performing a wide variety of music for over 15 years. He comes off of a two year hiatus after recently completing his Master’s Degree in Special Education at Muskingum University. A native of Wilmington, Ben now resides in New Lexington, Ohio with his beautiful wife Jamie and his blessing of a son, Murphy. Ben’s set will delight you with the folk favorites of the Jukebox Age. From John Denver to Crosby, Stills & Nash and Young, Ben will transport you back to the Soda Shop as you enjoy your banana split.

7:15 - 7:30 Announcements (Including Car Show)
7:30 - 10:00 Funky G and the Groove Machine - Funky G is a high-energy dance band in Dayton, Ohio playing R&B, Funk, and Hip-Hop. In addition to performing clubs through out Ohio and the Midwest.
10:00 pm
Festival Closes

Saturday, June 14, 2014

5K RUN Sign-up at 8:00 - Starts at 9:00 am
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 information call: Adrienne Schaad at 937-725-3998. To register you can download a registration form or go to our online registration form. Pre-register by Saturday, May 24th and receive an official race day t-shirt! Big Banana Kids Fun Run is FREE! All participants will receive a coupon for a FREE Banana Split! 5K Prizes for Overall male and female winners. Click here to view a Map of the run.

10:00 Festival Opens
11:00-12:00 Ben Schaad
12:00-1:00 Gary Hill

12:00 Classic Car Show - the first 100 vehicles to arrive will receive a dash plaque. Car show entries can arrive at noon with a $10.00 entry fee required. If you want your vehicle judged you must arrive by 4:30 pm. Entries will be judged and the top 40 cars will be presented trophies at 7:00 pm. There will also be a plaque presented for the vehicle chosen as the “Banana Split Committee's Choice” on both days.
1:00 - 2:45 Sawgrass - High energy bluegrass quartet
3:00 Masters Competition in the Pavillion. Watch local chef’s build their version of the banana split. Top three chef’s receive plaques.

All Professional Chefs are invited to participate. The competition was fierce at last year’s festival.
2:45 - 3:30 Praise and Worship Robin McMillan, Ben Schaad and Katie Smith
3:30 - 5:15 Blue Steel - playing all classic rock favorites from the 70's and 80's.
4:00 Banana Split Eating Contest - In the Pavillion.
Three Divisions: Adult, Teens & Kids.
5:30-7:00 Brent Keith Band - Country / Heartland Rock
7:00 - 7:25Car Show Awards and Announcements

7:30 - 10:00 Passion Concert

Banana Split Festival


Dayton will host the 20th annual World Solar Splash competition on June 11-15 at Eastwood Park. The event will bring universities, including Cedarville University and the University of Dayton, from throughout the world to participate in an on-the-water competition.
Dr. Tim Dewhurst, senior professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor for Cedarville’s solar boat team, is also planning to have elementary and middle school students at the event. He expects to introduce a Junior Solar Splash event this year, a model solar boat competition for elementary and middle school students. He said, “I hope to run this as a pilot project with a few schools this year and have the races during Solar Splash at Eastwood Park.”
The event will test the engineering design and production skills through a technical inspection and a series of on-the-water competitions. Each team is required to produce, either by building, buying, or receiving parts, a piloted boat up to 6 meters in length powered by 480 Watts of solar power with 1 kW-hr of stored energy in batteries.
During the competition teams battle for the title of Collegiate World Champion by gathering points based on their performance during a qualifier, high-speed sprint race, long endurance race, and slalom event. In addition to the on-the-water races, judges review a technical report- submitted by each team. Last year, Cedarville turned in the fastest slalom time in competition history. Dewhurst said that although the boats are run by solar power and only reach speeds up to about 30 mph, watching can get pretty exciting. “Especially, if one of those boats is yours and you are just watching it inch along past the others,” Dewhurst said.” It gets tense.”
2014 Solar Splash Schedule
Wednesday, June 11
8:00 - 5:00 Team Registrations
10:30 - 5:00 Mechanical/Electrical Inspections
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break
2:00 - 3:00 Swim Test for Skippers
6:00 Reception/Banquet program (on-site)

Thursday, June 12
8:00 Morning Skippers’ Meeting
8:30 - 12:00 Mechanical/Electrical Inspections
9:00 - 5:00 Qualifying & Solar Slalom Events
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break

Friday, June 13
8:00 Morning Skippers’ Meeting
8:30 - 10:00 Qualifying & Solar Slalom Events
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:20 - 3:00 First Sprint Heats Event

Saturday, June 14
8:00 Morning Skippers’ Meeting
10:00 - 12:00 First Endurance Heat Event
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break
2:00 - 4:00 Second Endurance Heat Event

Sunday, June 15
8:00 a.m. Morning Skippers’ Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 Second Sprint Heat Event
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch Break
12:15 - 12:45 Third Sprint Heat Event
1:00 Sprint Championship Heat Event

Solar Splash Competition

Category: GeneralVersailles Poultry Days

Versailles Poultry Days

The Versailles Poultry Days’ Board of Directors and the Village of Versailles welcome you to the 63rd annual Poultry Days festival June 13, 14 and 15th, 2014. The 2014 Festival theme is 'Cluck Dynasty'.

The festival is always packed with activities. There are two parades, the Grand Parade at 11am on Saturday and the Antique Car & Tractor Parade at 2:30pm on Sunday. The Village will host the 33rd annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, which is one of the top tournaments in the nation. Other activities include: Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days contests, FREE Kiddie Tractor Pull, 5K Run, rides and games for all ages, Vendor Area, Cake and Egg Contests, Flower Show, Photography and Art Shows along with many other family friendly activities.

Returning for 2014 will be the Darke County Photography show for their 2nd year at Poultry Days and the festival’s 5K continues to grow as a member of the Wayne Healthcare “Darke County Challenge”. Also back for 2014 are the Bear Hollow Woodcarvers!

Friday, June 13, 2014 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday, June 14, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday, June 15, 2014 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Versailles Poultry Days

A fun filled weekend of homegrown strawberries!

Bring the family to the farm for fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry ice cream, strawberry pie and much much more! Our country store will be stocked full of strawberry themed goodies as well as our usual delicious and awesome items! We have baked goods, produce, amish deli items, a gift and antique shop, and more!

The train and bounce house will be open for the kids! Come visit the animals in the barnyard and play on the play ground, too! There will also be live music.

There will be food and craft vendors set up outside. Follow our facebook page for up to date event information.
**Vendors: Please contact us if you are interested in setting up for this event or any other 2014 event!