EVANSVILLE, INDIANA — The rides are empty for now with workers making sure everything is put together, gearing up for the big week ahead – the 95th annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival.
“There’s definitely tens of thousands,” Jesse Storey, the West Side Nut Club’s safety chair, said. “Well over the week, it may have been hundreds of thousands.”
While crews are busy assembling rides, Storey, a retired fire investigator, is also taking a sweep of the area, making sure everything looks safe with safety being a top priority.
“If I take a look at a ride or a booth or cables that may be laying out that could be a hazard, then I’ll say something to the festival people.”
But it’s not just on Franklin Street where people are hard at work getting ready for the festival. Over at It Takes A Village, Andrea Will, the shelter’s Fall Fest coordinator, is preparing for a busy week.
“We have to make a bunch of sauces, just getting all the paper products, running everywhere and getting all the products we do need,” she said. “I’ve been working pretty much 14, 15-hour days every day for the last couple of weeks.”
It isn’t an easy job, but Will said it is an important one.
“It’s definitely a lot of work, but it pays off in the end because it definitely is the highest profit fundraiser we do have,” Will said.
Like many other groups, It Takes A Village is relying on the Fall Fest to help bring in funds.
“It’s very expensive trying to vet all the dogs and getting them ready for adoption, plus we do take a lot of sick dogs and hurt dogs,” she said.