Melita, Manitoba, Canada: Jay The Banana
Huge banana statue combines Melita's reputation as a prime viewing spot for blue jays, and the closest thing Canada has to a banana-growing region. But no bananas grow here.
Jay The Banana
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Passing through Melita, Manitoba on Highway 83 at the corner of Front Street in the town there is a giant banana statue. The Banana is named Jay and is holding a Blue jay and wearing a wrestling style championship Belt.
Melita is supposed to be a prime location in Manitoba to view blue jays, which explains the name of the Banana, but why a Banana? This area is known as the banana belt of Manitoba for its comparatively mild temperatures and rich land where great crops grow, but no one grows bananas there.
My tip for seeing the banana especially if you would like a picture with it, is to go before noon. We went around 4 pm in January and the shadow cast in front of the banana covers the people in the photo.
[Stefanie Edwards, 01/10/2011]
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