The History of CarmelFest

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 the 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 and weekend dates, CarmelFest set record attendance levels for the Parade and Festival!

2018- Marks the 29th consecutive year for the CarmelFest celebration