EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival and the Cruise-In have been canceled for 2020.

The first announcement was made Wednesday morning following a unanimous decision by the Board of Directors Tuesday night.

Nut Club officials say they are currently working to continue with the Half Pot and release details in the near future.

“Safety and security for our members, participants and festival goers is paramount. After long consideration and discussion amongst the board, Ed Dietz (2020 Festival Chairman) and I have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 WSNC Fall Festival. This conclusion was made after thorough deliberation with state and local COVID-19 authorities, EMA, Vanderburgh Health Department, the mayor’s office and teams from both local hospitals.”

James Raben
West Side Nut Club

The impact of the festival goes far beyond West Franklin Street. The Nut Club donates hundreds of thousands of dollars raised from Fall Fest.

In February we reported the nut club passed out $360,000 to more than 20 community groups. Fifteen public and parochial schools on the west side split $60,000, each getting $40,000. The two west side high schools, Reitz and Mater Dei each got $22,000.

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(This story was originally published on July 8, 2020)