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