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All things USI at the 98th annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival

All things USI at the 98th annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival

10/2/2019 | University Communications
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The food

As thousands of hungry visitors plan their stops along Evansville’s West Franklin Street during the 98th annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival October 7-11, USI students, employees, alumni and supporters are preparing to serve up steak sandwiches and strombolis, along with many other mouth-watering items.

Enjoy your favorites while supporting USI at the following booths:

Sigma Tau Gamma members in front of their Fall Festival boothBooth 27: Sigma Tau Gamma

  • Chicken and waffles (half - $3, full - $5)
  • Stromboli (regular or walking - $5)
  • Deep fried pumpkin spice honey bun ($5)
  • Ski ($1)
  • Water ($1)

The Fall Festival is Sigma Tau Gamma’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds help pay for chapter social events and brotherhoods. Donations will be accepted for Smile on Down Syndrome. For every dollar donated, members of Sigma Tau Gamma will ride a mile on a stationary bike outside of their booth.

USI Art Club Fall Festival volunteer dressed in a corn costume

Booth 38: USI Art Club

  • Corn on a stick ($2)
  • Soft drinks ($1.50)
  • Water ($1.50)
  • Corny meal – corn and a drink ($3)
  • Combo – two ears of corn and a drink ($5)

Proceeds help cover expenses for the Art Club’s annual trip to Chicago in November, which includes visits to the Art Institute and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) convention. These funds are also used to give awards, scholarships and merits to members who display art pieces in the Student Art Show in the spring.

Lambda Chi Alpha Fall Festival volunteers

Booth 61: Lambda Chi Alpha

  • Philly cheesesteak ($6)
  • 24 oz. Pepsi products ($1)

A majority of proceeds will go to Lambda Chi Alpha. Donations will be accepted for Lambda Chi Alpha’s fall philanthropy, Feeding America – Evansville Tri-State Food Bank.

Delta Zeta volunteers outside their booth at the Fall Festival

Booth 70: Delta Zeta 

  • Fried pickles ($4)
  • Mozzarella sticks ($4)
  • Fried ravioli ($4)
  • Jalapeño poppers ($4)
  • Be Happy Pie Company monster cookie pies ($4.50 or two for $8)
  • Be Happy Pie Company oatmeal cookie pies ($4.50 or two for $8)

Proceeds will be used to help pay for chapter events. Delta Zeta is also saving money for a new Fall Festival booth.

Tau Kappa Epsilon volunteers at the Fall Festival

Booth 73: Tau Kappa Epsilon

  • Stromboli ($5)
  • Grippo’s (.50)
  • Ski (.50)

Proceeds go to Tau Kappa Epsilon, including the chapter’s scholarships. Donations will be accepted for Tau Kappa Epsilon’s philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

An Alpha Sigma Alpha volunteer in the sorority's Fall Festival booth

Booth 104: Alpha Sigma Alpha

  • Chocolate covered strawberries ($3)
  • Oreo balls ($3)
  • Fruit haystacks ($3)
  • Chicago style hot dogs ($4)

Proceeds go to Alpha Sigma Alpha’s philanthropies: Girls on the Run, ASA Foundation, Special Olympics and Riley Hospital for Children.

Customers make a purchase from the USI Varsity Club Fall Festival booth

Booth 107: USI Varsity Club

  • Steak sandwich ($6)
  • Pork chop sandwich ($5)

Proceeds go to the Varsity Club and its efforts to fully fund the USI Athletics program.

Volunteer opportunities

Keeping customers well fed requires many volunteers. If you’d like to help, the USI Varsity Club is looking for additional volunteers. Through the Eagle Hours employee volunteer pilot program, all USI employees are eligible to volunteer up to 7.5 hours during the fiscal year, with additional hours at the discretion of their supervisor.

Varsity Club volunteer shifts are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day of the Fall Festival.

To sign up, contact Mandi Fulton, assistant director of athletics, at

Main stage

Get an early look at the 2019-20 USI Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams as they’re introduced on the Fall Festival main stage Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m.


USI’s custom float, updated each year by employee Jerry Bulger, will once again return for the festival’s signature parade Saturday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m. Members of the Student Alumni Association will represent USI on the float.

Extended lunch

President Rochon invites USI employees to take an extended two-hour lunch to enjoy the Fall Festival one day during Fall Festival Week. Employees should work with their immediate supervisor to determine the best day to visit West Franklin Street. Employees who do not wish to attend the Fall Festival or are unable to attend are still welcome to take an extended lunch on campus to visit with friends, relax or enjoy the fall weather.

                                                 Crowd at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival and USI booth information on a red background (info in story text)


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Members of Tau Kappa Epsilon smile in front of their Fall Festival booth

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