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Fall Festival is On; Officials Urge Vaccinations

John Gibson

Officials are calling for a safe, healthy Fall Festival this October.

The West Side Nut Club’s annual event on Franklin St. was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and new infections are on the rise.

During a press conference in West Side Library Park, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke stressed people get vaccinated before the festival…

"I'm pleased to be a part of this. I'm pleased to encourasge people to get their vaccinations to make that this a fun and safe event."

Lynn Herr of the Vanderburgh County Health Department said the more people are vaccinated, the safer the event will be…

"That means that our individuals that are working in booths, our individuals that are participating, that we have as many of those folks vaccinated as possible"

The Nut Club’s Ryan Beck noted the festival draws thousands…

"As you know, the streets will be crowded, they'll be several volunteers in all of the food booths preparing the delicious meals for everybody."

Beck said all festival events are on, for now.

Officials urged unvaccinated residents to make an appointment and get the shots.

The local health department and Evansville’s two hospitals offer vaccines on a daily basis. Walk-in vaccines are available at the health department on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And appointments can be made at vaccines.gov.