Non-Profits Hosting Miniature Fall Festivals

This week was supposed to be the kickoff to the West Side Nut Club’s 99th Annual Fall Festival. But like most events in fall 2020, it was canceled. This has forced some non-profits to create innovative ways to get people to support their causes, including hosting miniature Fall Festivals of their own.

Posted: Oct 5, 2020 10:19 PM
Updated: Oct 6, 2020 7:51 AM

When the West Side Nut Club canceled the 99th Annual Fall Festival due to safety concerns with the pandemic, dozens of non-profits felt a collective wave of worry -- how would they recoup the funds?


For many, the answer is to host their own miniature version of the popular event.

“Not only financially we need it, but really at the same, the community needs that little bit of normality in the middle of this,” said pastor David Whitmore of Catalyst Church in Evansville.


And instead of congested crowds following Munchie Maps, customers are waiting in socially disanced lines.


“We want you to grab it and go. You can’t kind of stand around and talk and everything,” said Jane Schenk, the fundraising chair for the OutBoard Boating Club. “We want you to visit all the booths, but grab it and go to your cars.”


While the fear of contracting Covid-19 is not stopping people from trying to enjoy at least some kind of Fall Festival experience this year.


“I know a lot of the places have really good causes and with Covid-19 going on this year — they didn’t know quite how they were going to get the funds they’d usually expect," said patron Hannah Helm. "So, I wanted to keep supporting them and with this good food, I couldn’t stay away."


The Fall Festival is scheduled to resume Oct. 4th through 9th 2021.

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