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Voters Named These 10 Fall Festivals the Best of Indiana

Another record setting year of voting and the results are in for Visit Indiana’s Best of Indiana awards. More than 24,000 Hoosiers selected Indiana’s Best Fall Festivals. From food to music, from arts to history, from cultural heritage to halloween the top-10 vote getters represent the best of Indiana’s festivals!


You better come hungry to this Best of Indiana Fall Festival.  The 2017 winner is the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival in Evansville. This week-long October gala features free entertainment, carnival attractions, a huge parade, and over 136 food booths. The food is the star of the show with exotic choices like alligator stew, chocolate-covered grasshoppers and brain sandwiches. This event attracts over 200,000 people and is considered to be one of the largest street festivals in the United States. The West Side Nut Club formed in 1921 as a group of businessmen. Ever since, they’ve held this annual festival to raise money for charities and non-profits.


Hoosiers voted the state’s largest festival, the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, number two on the Best of Indiana list. Shopping, food, and 31 covered bridges is what you’ll find, along with scenic rural views.

In third place is Harvest Homecoming located on the beautiful Ohio River in New Albany. What began as a three-day pumpkin festival is now a 50-year-old event that includes the annual crowning of the Harvest Queen, a parade, rides, entertainment at the amphitheater on the river, crafts, and food.

Did your favorite fall festival make the list? You can view the rest of the top 10 here!

Nominees for all three categories were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The public could vote for up to five nominees in each category. is a companion site to, the official state travel website where discounts, trip ideas and helpful tips are easily accessible.

To see all of our ‘Best Of’ winners through the years, click here.

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