West Side Nut Club
The club began early in the 20th century as a noontime gathering of west side businessmen who lunched at West Franklin Street to discuss the topics of the day. The original name of the informal association was "West Side Epicures." In March 1914, feeling that the name "did not express anything to the layman," the men changed the name to "The Nut Club." In the same month, they proposed to the West Side Business Association that a fall festival be held in October. As a result of this proposal, the West Side's "First Annual Fall Festival" was staged on West Franklin Street. However, it was until 1921, when the Nut Club was formally organized with a much larger membership, that the festival began its tradition as a truly annual event. This festival is one of the larger festivals in the Midwestern United States.
Membership in the club is limited to 300 members. While the organization still acts as a civic organization, it also supports scholarships and sponsors local festivals, including the annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival.