1988- Mayor Dottie Hancock and Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Blondin originated the idea of having a 4th of July celebration in Carmel. And aptly called the gathering CarmelFest. The festival was small with a few booths, food tables and games set up in an open lot where Courthouse would later be built.
1989- Carmelfest moved to the Carmel High School Athletic Facility and added more games (including a “dunking tank”). Attendance for the festival was around 200 people.
1994- New Mayor Ted Johnson asked Jeff Worrell to organize a citizen committee to produce CarmelFest and moved it from Carmel High School to its current location, Carmel Civic Square.
1994- The first CarmelFest Spark Button was sold.
2001- The CarmelFest Parade (themed “Unsung Heroes”) drew large crowds.
2004- Mayor Jim Brainard asked the Rotary Club of Carmel to produce CarmelFest and to help the event grow.
2013- CarmelFest celebrates its 25th year with expected attendance of 50,000 people.
2015- With fabulous weather & weekend dates, CarmelFest set record attendance levels for the Parade & Festival!
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