The Great American Banana Split Celebration Returns To Latrobe This Weekend

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LATROBE, Pa. (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Great American Banana Split Celebration returns to Latrobe this weekend. 

The dish was created at the small city in Westmoreland County 115 years ago in 1904 by Pitt Pharmacy student, David Evans Strickler, while experimenting with some ice cream. 

“He was being creative and used a banana which was an exotic fruit at that time, and created this banana split,” said Briana Tomac, President of the Greater Latrobe Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce, during an interview with KDKA Radio on Friday. 

His original ingredients included:

One banana cut in half horizontally 

One scoop of vanilla ice cream

One scoop of chocolate ice cream

One scoop of strawberry ice cream


Chocolate syrup goes on chocolate ice cream

Pineapple sauce goes on vanilla ice cream

Strawberry sauce goes on strawberry ice cream

Whipped Cream


Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers will be performing Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.

Everything will be taking place in downtown Latrobe.

You can learn more about the celebration and listen to the full interview with Tomac below.  

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