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West Side Nut Club Announces Dates for 2021 Fall Festival

The 2021 West Side Nut Club Fall Festival will take place from Monday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 9 on West Franklin Street in Evansville.

Posted: Apr 29, 2021 10:31 AM
Updated: Apr 29, 2021 11:13 PM

The return of the biggest street festival in the Tri-State has its date set.

The West Side Nut Club announced on Facebook Thursday that the 2021 West Side Nut Club Fall Festival will be held from Monday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 9.

On Wednesday, the Evansville Board of Public Safety approved the closure of West Franklin Street, from St. Joseph Avenue to Wabash Avenue, from Oct. 1 through Oct. 10.

The multi-day festival features over 100 non-profit booths serving various foods. Plus, talent competitions, rides, concerts, and games.  The festival will also feature the Lighthouse Parade on the evening of Oct. 4th, the Pet Parade on the morning of Oct. 8th, and the Main Parade on the afternoon of Oct. 8th.  Two years ago, the Fall Festival introduced the Half-Pot, which drew more than a million dollars.

The 2020 holding of the Fall Festival didn't take place in the usual street festival manner. Non-profits opened food booths at various locations throughout the city and Nut Clubbers sold Half-Pot tickets in the parking lot at Lloyd Expressway and St. Joseph Avenue.

Currently, committees are reaching out to vendors and working with the police, fire department, EMS and the health department to make sure the event is safe, but as of now, they are not sure if there will be capacity restrictions, with the event still five months away.

And they are preparing for the possibility of having to make a devastating decision for the second year in a row to cancel if Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

"Everyone is looking forward to being able to have some normalcy again," said Ryan Beck, publicity chairman for the West Side Nut Club. "We've been cooped up in our homes -- and haven't been able to travel and this would give something that people can look forward to you know and it's a staple that we've done it for almost 100 years and it would be special to bring it back."

The West Side Nut Club will make a final decision on the celebrated tradition by July -- but they are hopeful that even if they cannot celebrate on Franklin Street with parades and dozens of food booths -- they can still host a half pot.

Last year's raised over $1.3 million.

You can find the West Side Nut Club's official event page for the 2021 West Side Nut Club Fall Festival on Facebook by clicking here.

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