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Inland Empire Banana Museum loses appeal

March 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Yes, we have no bananas today." It's a song that's been around for generations. You might soon be hearing patrons of an offbeat museum in Hesperia singing it after a museum dedicated to the tropical fruit announced it's going out of business. The International Banana Club and Museum in Hesperia is closing its doors at the end of March.

The founder of the museum, Ken Bannister, has collected thousands of artifacts for his collection since 1972.

The museum features such oddities as bananas made of soap, gold-plated bananas, the Banana Club golf putter, and a gold-sequined "Michael Jackson'" banana.

For the past few years, he's housed his collection rent-free in a building owned by the City of Hesperia, at 16367 Main Street. But, now the city wants to use the building for something else.

Banister has until the end of March to remove his prized collection. He told Eyewitness News, "I guess it's time to split."