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Banana Day draws a bunch
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Southern Standard employees really went bananas Friday as they celebrated their 11th annual Banana Day. They prepared and served over 700 of the tasty treats to guests at their 105 College Street office.
“This is a great day for us, getting to visit with our friends in the community, while giving back to them and showing our appreciation to our customers. We enjoy putting this event on, and it keeps growing every year,” said Standard publisher Pat Zechman. 
Standard staff members and volunteers worked diligently getting the desserts out to the customers as quickly as they could. Dairy Princess Kaylee Campbell and June Dairy Month chairmen Heather Colwell and Emily Scott volunteered their time in the effort. Approximately 30 gallons of vanilla ice cream was served, plus chocolate syrup, bananas, crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries and whipped topping.
Several youngsters participating in the GYM program walked from the Civic Center to get a banana split. Visitor Malachi McKinney said as he enjoyed his dessert, “I love banana splits. The banana is my favorite part.”
Along with free banana splits, visitors could register to win cash prizes of $100 and $50, along with discounted subscription rates.
Don Gannon was the lucky winner of the $100, with Andrea Tallent claiming the $50 prize. 
One loyal subscriber Rachel Snider had fun at her first Banana Day. Snider brought her great-granddaughter Carla Ferrell, 2, along with friend Geneva Hobbs to enjoy the complimentary dessert and take advantage of the discounted subscription rates. 
“I’ve been a Standard subscriber for years and I enjoy reading the paper very much,” said Snider.