It’s Time To Get Your Feast AND Fest On!

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“Nope, diet, not this week!” – said by anyone attending the Fall Festival

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Where else can you feast on Hog Jowls with Syrup, Screw Ball Taters, Deep Fried Cookie Dough, and a Lemon Shake-Up for dinner…all on one street? The West Side Nut Club annual Fall Festival One is of the largest street festivals in the country and starts Monday, October 3!

Once hailed by the late radio host Paul Harvey as the second-largest street festival in the country, over 200,000 people will converge upon Franklin Street when not-for-profit groups from Evansville’s west side set up 137+ food booths to sell an eclectic variety of food and raise money for their causes. Just don’t eat all of that food and then take a spin on The Zipper!

Fall Festival Pal – The App

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For on-the-go navigation of the food booths, there’s an app for that. Download “Fall Festival Pal” from Google Play or the Apple Store.

The app allows you to search for your favorite foods, view the map, and create lists. Food items with the blue checkmark have been indicated as “Wise Choices” by Deaconess Hospital. The app also features information on the rides and the events.


While the food is the main attraction, the various events planned throughout the week are also appealing AND calorie-free. The most popular event is the parade, featuring 100 units including marching bands and floats. The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 (the final day) and runs down West Franklin St. towards St Joe Avenue.

Another favorable event is the Queen Contest. The queen candidates and their escorts are 8th-grade students, selected by their peers in a voting process. Click here for a list of this year’s candidates.

Talented young people from the area will also perform and vie for cash prizes and trophies in the daily Amateur Hour Performances.


For thrill-seekers, North American Midway Entertainment provides about 34 rides. The Zipper and the Freak Out ride will be just your speed. Take in the spectacular views of the Ohio River and downtown Evansville from the top of the Ferris Wheel. $25 wrist bands are good for all of the rides.

An enjoyable family experience will be available on Sunday, October 2 with only the Kiddie Midway open. The main park will open on Monday at 2:00 p.m. The height requirements vary by ride. For more details on the rides, click here.

Half Pot

Booths will be set up during the festival so you can purchase chances to win the half pot. Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10, 20 for $20, 50 for $40, 150 for $100. The drawing will be held Saturday, October 8. In 2021, the jackpot grew to over $1.5 million with the winner taking home more than $750,000. Now that’ll buy a lot of pronto pups! Although a local resident, this was the first trip to the festival for the anonymous winner and he/she will for sure be back to support the West Side Nut Club and the community.


And now for the main event! The food!!! A popular question this time of year is, “What do you get when you go to the Fall Festival?” Here’s a twist. You don’t even have to go to get all of the yumminess. But you DO have to know someone who IS going. Send this form with them (along with some cash). It’s better than Door Dash, as long as whatever you ordered isn’t gone by the time it gets to you.

We did ask some of our agents and team members for their Fall Festival faves, and here are their answers:

“Apple Cider & The Fried Tenderloin is where it’s at!” – Alonzo Hughes, Newburgh

“Pronto pup, cider, walking taco, corn fritters, apple slices with caramel, steak sandwich, funnel cake and deep fried snickers!” – Nicole McDaniel, Evansville Downtown

“Anything the Kiwanis booth sells!” – Jessie Gross, Eagle Crest

“Kraut balls from Germania Maennerchor!” – Peggy Forbes, Eagle Crest

“BBQ pork parfait!” – Sally Siglar, Accounting

“Turkey legs” – Gelina Mascoe, Eagle Crest

“Fudge from St. Matthew’s booth!” – Marcia Stearns, Eagle Crest

“Everything!” – Ken McWilliams, Eagle Crest

“Chicken and dumplings from Forest Hills Wesleyan Church, Booth 51!” – Kristi Boardman, Eagle Crest

“Apple Cider slushies and stromboli!” – Audra Barbauld, Eagle Crest

“Tenderloin from the Evv Optimist, Burgoo from St. Wendell, corn fritters from Howell UMC, potato springs from Highland Baseball!” – Kindra Hirt, Newburgh

Hashbrown BBQ Sammie from West Side Improvement, Chicken and Dumplings from Resurrection Church, and German Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce from the German Township Booster Club!” – Andrea Pollard, Marketing

“Monster Ears” – Katie Ritter, Eagle Crest

“Sausage burger (homemade not from frozen) and Old Heidelberg Cheese Soup St. Joe School Booth #28!!” – Jodi Fehrenbacher, Evansville Downtown

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