Hometown Heroes: Recognizing the West Side Nut Club

They are the men behind one of Evansville's most anticipated events.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 11:01 AM
Updated: Oct 11, 2021 11:56 AM

They are the men behind one of Evansville's most anticipated events.

From the sounds of the games to the smell of fried foods, the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival is without a doubt a Tri-State tradition.

"As soon as one festival ends, the very next day they're already prepping again," says Mark Schoembaum, West Side Nut Club President.

While many flock to West Franklin Street, it's the men behind the whole operation making it possible.

"They all have one core value and I think that's to make our community a better place," says Schoembaum.

Mark Schoembaum has been a member of the West Side Nut Club since 1992.

"I spent a lot of time on the West Side," says Schoembaum. "It just becomes part of who you are, and the next thing you know you want to be a part of this great group of guys. They really are."

Over the last century, the Nut Club has grown from a handful of West Side businessmen to nearly 300 active members.

During Fall Festival week, the men put in countless hours.

"Guys are just going on a few hours' sleep," says Schoembaum. "I mean there are some guys wrapping up, they don't get home until 1-30 in the morning, then they're back here seven the next day doing it all over again."

No matter the role, members are expected to do their part in cleaning or assisting wherever needed.

"We work really hard, but we also play very hard," says Schoembaum. "I think that's what is the draw, is that it's not just work, but we enjoy each other's company."

Their motto: "From small acorns, large oaks grow."

The West Side Nut Club continues to dedicate itself to the River City.

"This is a lifetime commitment. A lot of these guys are in it with their heart and soul."

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