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Nut Club Cancels Fall Fest Over COVID Concerns

West Side Nut Club

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed one of the Tri-State’s biggest events.

Citing safety and security, the West Side Nut Club has canceled its 2020 Fall Festival.

On its Facebook page, Nut Club President Jim Raben called it a “difficult decision” made after deliberating with state and local Covid-19 authorities, the Emergency Management Agency, the Vanderburgh County Health Department, the Mayor’s Office, and teams from both Deaconess and St. Vincent hospitals.

While the annual festival won’t happen on W. Franklin St. in October, the Nut Club says its fundraising Half Pot will go on.

Officials said details will be forthcoming on when and where the ticket sales will take place.

In its inaugural year, people stood in long lines for chances to win the jackpot which topped $1.2 million.

About $600,000 went to the lucky ticket holder, while the other half went to local not-for-profits.

The annual festival is a major event for non-profits, who raise money via food booths along Franklin St.

The Nut Club says it’s looking forward to the 2021 festival, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

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