Annual Fall Festivals

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, October 2, 2014

Leaves changing color and temperatures dropping signify that fall is officially underway, which means that West Side Nut Club Fall Festival will soon be here. I look forward to attending this annual event, and with new features, exciting activities and delicious food, this year’s festival is sure to impress.

Events begin on Oct. 5th and continue through the 11th, concluding with a parade at 6:30 p.m. as the grand finale. The food booths open up around lunchtime and serve food until 9 p.m., and the attractions will be open from 2 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. each day.

This year, I am most looking forward to the pet parade, where different pets and children will dress up and feature their different personalities. This special parade is happening on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. For more information about the various events, entertainment, parades and contests, visit

Amazingly, for the past 93 years, the West Side Nut Club has been putting on one of the largest street festivals in the nation. To provide a little background, back in 1921, business men from the west side of Evansville formed the organization to promote the city. One of the tasks they set out to accomplish was to plan and create an annual festival that would attract people all across the state to Evansville. The festival started off as a one-time event which included a parade followed by a Halloween Mask Ball.

By adding different activities each year, including rides and entertainers, the festival continued to grow as well as the membership of the club. Now, the organization consists of more than 400 members, who are responsible for shaping and funding the festival each year. If you are interested in learning more about the history, visit

This festival is something I look forward to every year, and as a tradition that has lasted almost a century, this event is part of our city’s rich history. Whether it is the food from the 126 booths, the new rides or the local entertainment, I always know that I am going to enjoy everything the festival has to offer.

People come from all across the state to enjoy the festival, which is one of Evansville’s most notable attractions. I know there is something for everyone there, and if you have not been, I encourage you to attend the event this year. You will not be disappointed.

I hope this information was helpful, and I look forward to seeing you there!


Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.