Rep. Bacon: 95 years of fall fest fun

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, September 30, 2016 12:30 pm

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. The turning of the leaves and cool chill in the air mean that the fall festival season is here. These festivals bring back friends and family to their childhood homes, serving as a homecoming and a way to give back to our local organizations. It’s easy to have fun while giving to a good cause to help keep our communities thriving.

Evansville is currently hosting the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival. Now through Saturday, Oct. 8, visitors to Franklin Street can enjoy entertainment, food and fun. This weeklong event filled with enjoyment for all ages also serves as a fundraiser for our area.

As a native of Evansville and a westsider, I have attended the Fall Festival all my life. The West Side Nut Club has played a key role in hosting this event since its inception in 1921. In the first years of the festival, each club member had to contribute funds to pay for the debt accumulated to host the event. For 95 years, the Fall Festival has grown from a single day of activities to an entire week of multiple parades, rides and an affordable family experience. With more than 125 food and 100 non-profit booths, this event not only brings great people together, but boosts our local economy. For more information on the Fall Festival, visit

Those who are unable to make it out to the Fall Festival this year have plenty of other local events to enjoy. The Boonville Square Flare on Saturday, Oct. 8, includes a BBQ contest, live music, food and craft booths and activities for every age. All proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for Boonville High School seniors. For a list of events happening in our area and around the state, visit

I hope to see you out and about at one of our local fall festivals.


State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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