Organizers measure financial impact of Fall Festival

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Tickets for the half pot drawing aren’t the only thing people are buying here at Fall Festival.

People have been buying everything from food to carnival ride tickets since the festival started Monday.

We’re more than halfway through this year’s Fall Festival, but nut club members say it’s been a busy festival so far.

Publicity Director Eddie Dietz says he’s hearing from booth operators that they’ve been busy and at times are running out of food earlier than usual.

While he didn’t have exact totals from each booth, some booth operators say the amounts each raise varies.

Dietz also says the half pot is driving more people down here and hopefully getting them to stop at booths on the way in and out.

“We know there are people coming down here strictly to buy half pot. We hope when they’re here, they pick up a soft drink, a pronto pup, or whatever any of these booths have to offer, and are enjoying themselves even when they’re walking back and forth. We think there’s definitely an impact there.”

Dietz also says the weather is one of the major factors in how well the festival does financially. The chance of rain forecasted for tomorrow could impact attendance.

Club members also won’t know the financial impact of this year’s edition until a couple weeks after the festival ends.

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(This story was originally published on October 10, 2019)

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