Safety measures heightened for this year’s Fall Festival


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Day one of the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival is coming to a close.

Thousands of people checked out their favorite food booths.

And while they were enjoying the food, public safety officers were watching over the crowd to help keep everyone there safe.

The 2019 Fall Festival has officially started as thousands of people have flocked downtown to West Franklin Street.

With so many people in one area, public officials say safety measures have to be heightened.

Each year officials say about 200,000 people come to the Fall Festival.

With so many people taking out cash for vendors, officials say pick pocketers could be nearby.

Officers say it’s often the little ones that they need to look out for the most.

This year, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is handing out yellow wrist bands to help keep children safe.

“Just the crowd in general can get you a little out of sorts. Just being aware of your surroundings and making sure you’re comfortable and everybody knows where the meeting spot is and where you’re going, that’s the important thing. But it looks like it’s going to be a wonderful night so we’re excited.”

If a child is lost, they should look for a nut clubber or a public safety officer, who will then take them to the lost and found booth to meet back up with their family.

Officials say more people typically come after the sun sets and to help, they’ve called upon Batman and Robin to keep a watchful eye.

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(This story was originally published on October 7, 2019)

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