EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The 2020 West Side Nut Club Fall Festival has officially been canceled.
Festival officials say the board of directors made the decision Tuesday night. The storied, nearly century-long tradition of the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival will have to wait til next year.
“But up until a few weeks ago, we were still fairly confident we could pull this off,” said Eddie Dietz.
A statement from the West Side Nut Club President, Jason Raben, said the decision was made after talking with state local and COVID-19 authorities, EMA, Vanderburgh County Health Department, the mayor’s office and teams from both local hospitals.
Festival Chairman Eddie Dietz says the uncertainty of everyone’s safety was too much of gamble.
“What if we have this and Monday or Tuesday go great, and Wednesday a couple booths say we had someone that worked yesterday that tested positive,” said Dietz.
Those booths run by non-profits will be greatly impacted... SWIRCA has been at the Fall Festival for more than 30 years.
“We typically make about 40,000 dollars every year and that goes to programs and services that we offer at SWIRCA. So it’s not just a revenue generator but it’s a way to get our word out about SWIRCA,” said Development Director Monica Spencer of SWIRCA.
Dietz says they plan to continue the Half Pot this year to allow those non-profits to still benefit. The details aren’t officially ironed out, but he says that’s really what the festival is all about.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep our community safe and still be able to impact and help our non-profit partners, and again, that’s the passion for the club so that’s where our focus is,” said Festival Chairman Eddie Dietz.
Next year they will be celebrating the 100th year of the West Side Nut Club, so Dietz says they now have plenty of time to plan for what he says will be a great show in 2021.