Banana Jim about to get a high five as he walks the street at Murwillumbah.
Banana Jim about to get a high five as he walks the street at Murwillumbah. Blainey Woodham

Banana Festival brings bevy of beaut bananas

TWEED Valley Banana Festival has begun steadily ramping up, with a leukeamia fundraiser held by Murwillumbah Leukaemia and Cancer Research Society on Friday and Saturday.

Festival committee member and Murwillumbah banana grower Kevin Gilbert was looking forward to showcasing the Tweed region's yellow fruit as the week progressed.

"Bananas are still one of the things closely connected to the region and no matter who you're talking to, they say we have the best tasting bananas in Australia."

Mr Gilbert said he was proud of the festival's historic roots, with the first event held in 1956.

"We really want to get the festival back to what it used to be ... in two years, it's the festival's 60th," he said.

"It's the second-longest running festival in the southern hemisphere."

Mr Gilbert said mascots Banana Jim and Sugar Sue were ready to get involved in the raft of events leading up to the festival parade, on August 31.

"They've been around and about making appearances at a couple of other festivals, like Beef Week and Cooly Rocks On," he said.

For more information on the Banana Festival, including events, visit bananafestival.org/events.htm.



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