Bananas to provide a fun step back in time

THURSDAY is set to a step back in time in the City Centre.

As part of the Coffs Coast Growers Market 10th birthday celebrations, the Banana Olympics are making a comeback.

During the 1980s an annual 'Banana Olympics' was held at Brelsford Park and it literally took over the town and involved most of the community.

Some of the events from the 80s included:

  • The 100m Banana Peel Sprint. This involved contestants running 100 metres on a banana peel covered tarp.
  • Banana-throwing competitions.
  • A very challenging set of running races around the oval involving teams carrying a heavy banana branch.

"A community member approached us about the Banana Olympics idea and we thought that it would be a great idea to incorporate with the Coffs Coast Growers Market 10th Birthday festivities," Market co-ordinator Jan Rooney said.

"While some of the traditional events are not possible now - I am pretty sure the banana peel sprint wouldn't meet the latest occupational health and safety standards - we have taken on the challenge of offering a banana-themed mini Olympics."

The mini-Olympic will run from 10.30am to noon at the City Square with competitions such as banana eating, banana juggling and banana balancing.

"We have a number of great prizes to give away including dinner for two at Charlies Restaurant at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, dinner at Zulu's Restaurant and vouchers to attend a Cheese Making Workshop and a Pig in a Pickle preserving class," Ms Rooney said.

Other events for the birthday celebrations will include a cake cutting at 10am and a cooking demonstration with local chef Peter Monkton from Cocoa's café from noon to 1pm.