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April 19th - Banana Day

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I am a bit bummed out that April 19th came and passed and I did not get to celebrate the festivus Banana Day. It appears that the West Chester University began this tradition back in 1997. For those interesting, Banana Day is the 3rd Wednesday in April. This would have been a great opportunity to try out some banana beer. I guess I will need to wait until next year. In the meanwhile, read this..

The idea of Banana Day was conceived by a West Chester University student named Rodolfo P. Tellez, (Rudy) during his Senior year in 1996. After some planning and many confused looks the first Banana Day became reality and 3,000 bananas were distributed campus wide and over 50 hours of community serviced were completed.

In 1997, another student by the name of Robert Perino took on the project of organizing Banana Day. After months of planning and many confused looks, the Second Banana Day came to life.

1n 1999 Banana Day came back to West Chester University, and for the past 4 years now it has provided tons and tons of laughs! over 28,500 bananas have been given out (Free of Charge). Over 300 hours of community service have been completed, over 500 t-shirts have been giving out (Free of Charge), and millions of people in the tri-state area have heard or seen via radio magazines, newspapers and television about this day.

In 2000 "Nana" and "Nanner" were introduced as the official mascots of Banana Day. Students are selected from a group of volunteers to greet and get people excited about Banana Day. There is not a single face that does not light up with a smile the moment they see these two characters.

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