Amateur Hour is your time to shine and show off your skills at the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival.

The annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festive will return to Franklin Street in Evansville from October 2nd through 7th. Of course, you know while you are there, you will be able to enjoy some of the best food from local organizations, rides, games, and more. One tradition that the Fall Festival hosts each year is Amateur Hour.

Franklin Street - Fall Festival - Sunset
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Amateur Hour is a nightly feature of the wildly popular Franklin Street festival that gives local residents the opportunity to show off whatever their talent happens to be, whether that's singing, dancing, telling jokes, or performing magic tricks. It's really fun to see all the talent that we have here in the Evansville area. However, before you step on stage at the Fall Festival for Amateur Hour, you must first audition for judges to be selected to participate.

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2023 West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Amateur Hour Tryouts

If you have a special talent that you would like the chance to show off at this year's West Side Nut Culb Fall Festival, then mark your calendars now for Wednesday, August 23, and Thursday, August 24 for tryouts for the Amateur Hour contest. Tryouts will take place at the Mater Dei High School Auditorium at 1300 Harmony Way on Evansville's west side. Oh, and if you are selected, there will be prize money and trophies awarded to the finalists in each division.

Who Can Audition?

The auditions are open to individuals in the following age groups:

  • Junior Division - Pre-School thru Fifth Grade
  • Middle School Division - Sixth Grade thru Eighth Grade
  • Senior Division - Ninth Grade thru Twelfth Grade
  • College Division - Thru Age 24 (Vocal Acts Only)

Performers in each division can enter twice, once as an individual and once as part of a group. All acts are asked to wear the full costumes they intend to wear for their Fall Festival performance for the auditions.

West Side Nut Club/Facebook
West Side Nut Club/Facebook

For eligibility requirements for participants please click here.

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