The History of CarmelFest
1988- Mayor Dottie Hancock and Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Blondin originated the idea of having a Fourth 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- Mayor Ted Johnson asked Jeff Worrell to create a citizen committee to organize CarmelFest. The event was moved from Carmel High School to its current location at 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 organize CarmelFest and help the event grow.
2013- CarmelFest celebrates its 25th year with an 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 30th consecutive year for the CarmelFest celebration.