The West Side Nut Club

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, March 5, 2015

One of my favorite parts of being a state representative is authoring House Resolutions which are presented to some of the groups, people and organizations for their outstanding achievements made in their communities. This past week, I had the honor of presenting the West Side Nut Club with a resolution recognizing the organization for all the hard work and dedication they have put into creating the west side of Evansville into the wonderful area we all know today.

The history of Evansville is vast, and covers a wide range of interesting facts. The Evansville West Side Nut Club, founded in 1921, was created when a small group of west side businessmen and merchants, who often met together, had the idea to form an organization to represent the interests and ideas of the people who lived and worked in their area of Evansville.

The West Side Nut Club has played and continues to play a huge role in the successes and development of the entirety of Evansville. It is an organization that promotes civic welfare and the betterment of the city of Evansville. I enjoy representing a city that has such an established and prestigious organization whose true interest is making Evansville the best place in Southern Indiana. Each of their main objectives were created with the mindset of improving Evansville, and one of their first goals they wanted to achieve was creating an annual festival that would attract tourists from all over the nation to their great city.

Living in Evansville and having the Nut Club be a part of our city has its perks. Every October, the club organizes and sponsors one of the largest street festivals in the Midwest. This long standing annual festival has been a tradition since the founding of the organization. The festival started out as a small, one day event with a Halloween night theme that eventually grew to a weeklong event.

The Nut Club works hard year round to provide one of the best street festivals the state of Indiana has ever seen. The festival consists of free entertainment, more than 126 food booths, carnival attractions and a parade to wrap up the long week of fun. To learn more about the Fall Festival visit

Just as the Fall Festival has grown and prospered over the years, so has the West Side Nut Club. The list of achievements and accomplishments lengthens with each year. The Nut Club has gone from the handful of businessmen, to an organization that now has 300 active members, 100 honorable life members and three honorary members. The festival is not their only contribution to the area. The organization has donated almost $5 million to schools and other nonprofits in Indiana.

Their motto is “From Small Acorns, Large Oaks Grow,” and they certainly started as small as an acorn and have now grown as big as an oak. This organization continues to show a promising path for other organizations to follow, and is an example of how great the city of Evansville has become and will continue to be. To continue learning more about the West Side Nut Club visit


Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She serves as the Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code Committee and is a member of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction Committee.