Katy Ashpole works on an art project at the North Webster Community Center. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
Katy Ashpole works on an art project at the North Webster Community Center. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
NORTH WEBSTER - Go bananas at North Webster Community Center's Center Fest Oct. 13.

From noon to 4 p.m., individuals can attempt to break the world record for the most bananas snapped in a minute. To break the record, 81 bananas must be peeled in a minute. Even if the record isn't broken, the first 100 people who try to snap more than 81 bananas in a minute get a free t-shirt.

Banana snapping isn't the only fun event planned for the free Center Fest.

The Banana Split 5K Run/Fun Walk-Run/Bike Ride is from 8 to 10 a.m. Brian Shepherd organized the race, and it is opened to everyone. Prizes will be awarded in different age divisions. Registration for the race is $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the race. Forms are available at the Community Center, local schools, Lance's and Ace Hardware.

From 10 a.m. to noon, take a Community Center Spotlight Tour. Visit the library, Senior Primelife Enrichment Center, YMCA, Art Center and other areas of the Community Center. Enjoy free refreshments, too, such as hot dogs, popcorn and ice-cream from the Kiwanis.

The Squish-A-Peel Kids' Carnival is noon to 4 p.m. Community Center Executive Director Tracy May said there will be many activities for kids of all ages, including arts and crafts.

The Michiana Armored Combat Vehicles will sponsor a battleday demonstration. The MACV organization is based in northern Indiana and meets on an irregular basis to develop the battlefield and stage campaigns. The casual club is strictly for the fun and enjoyment of building and operating scale tanks, specific to World War II, and use the Tamiya Battle System for combat.

Elizabeth Wamsley, an artist who moved back to the North Webster area from California, will have her work up for display. She also will conduct art activities for the children.

The Center's own artist, Joe Knight, also will exhibit his work and offer some activities.

Froggie from radio station 102.7 will be on hand, and a Giant Banana will hand out balloons.

The Banarama Dinner is from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans and a drink. Tickets are $7 per adult at the door, $6 advance, with tickets for children ages 6-12 only $4; under 5 years old get in free.

A raffle also will be held for prizes donated by local merchants. Some of the prizes include candles, gift cards, cooler on wheels and a flag. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Many other fun activities are in the planning stages.

The Community Center is holding the festival in collaboration with Camp Crosley, North Webster Day Care, area churches and other youth-oriented groups. The Dekko Foundation provided most of the funding for the Center Fest, May said.

The North Webster Community Center is at 301 N. Main St., North Webster. A not-for-profit organization, the Center's Web site is at www.nwcommunitycenter.org

For more information, call 574-834-1600, Ext. 0. E-mail is northwebstercommctr@earthlink.net