See what it takes to clean up after the annual fall festival


From what I’ve seen, the 100th Annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival was a smash success. After last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID pandemic, residents of the tri-state were more than happy to return to Franklin Street. Over 100 kiosks were on site again serving thousands of food options. Kids of all ages took to the lawn of the West Branch Library to enjoy the adrenaline rush of their favorite rides and to try and score a big stuffed animal or a new goldfish with the variety of carnival games. And thousands of people have tried to make life-changing money by buying a record $ 1.5 million half-pot tickets. For most of us, when we leave Franklin Street for the last time in Fall Festival week and head home, putting all the food, rides, games and half-pot counters in our rearview mirror , we won’t think about it for a second until it rolls around again next year. For the West Side Nut Club, when the festival officially ends at 10 p.m. Saturday, the hard work begins.

If you walked down Franklin Street on Sunday afternoon (the day after the festival ended), if you didn’t know better, you would never guess that tens of thousands of people crowded the four blocks of Franklin Street between St Joe and Wabash Avenue of Flags the week before. This is exactly what the West Side Nut Club wants.

See how the West Side Nut Club cleans up after the Fall Festival

Almost each of the Club’s 300 active members spring into action early Sunday morning to begin tearing down and cleaning up the mess left by the thousands of attendees over the six-day event. But, it’s more than just picking up the trash.

Hats off to the West Side Nut Club for not only pulling off the massive undertaking that is the Fall Festival every year, but also making sure the space it occupies looks like new when finished.

[Photo Source: West Side Nut Club on Facebook]

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