Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: CarmelFest

Wednesday, May 13, 2015




The Rotary Club of Carmel continues its long-standing commitment to the community by once again taking on the role as the organizing body behind CarmelFest. Strong leadership, financial support and guidance for the CarmelFest committee are key elements in planning and conducting a successful event for Carmel and surrounding neighbors. CarmelFest, with over 50,000 attendees, is the largest annual project managed thru the Carmel Rotary and the largest Independence Day Celebration in Hamilton County.

Preparation for CarmelFest started several months ago, when the Carmel Rotary Club set the plans in motion for this year’s festival and handed the reins to Gary Sexton, CarmelFest 2015 Chairman. Under Gary’s leadership, the CarmelFest Committee members have diligently been working on festival details for this year’s CarmelFest celebration set for Friday-July 3rd & Saturday-July 4th at the Carmel Civic Square.


This year brings a new element to CarmelFest – a Food Drive. In order to give back to the community, The Rotary Club of Carmel & CarmelFest Committee, in partnership with the Good Samaritan Network, are collecting food by the can or sack at the entrances to the festival. According to Gary Sexton (CarmelFest Chair), “Our goal is to tackle the problem of food insecurity in Hamilton County. With the help of the Good Samaritan Network, we will distribute contributions to Carmel and surrounding food pantries.”


"As this year’s CarmelFest Committee Chairperson, I sincerely invite you, your families, friends, neighbors and guests of all ages to join us in celebrating Independence Day on the beautiful grounds of the City of Carmel’s Civic Center. At the two-day CarmelFest celebration you can enjoy family-fun in the KidZone, watch great live performances on the Geico Gazebo Stage where the Carmel Symphony will perform their “Star Spangled Salute” on July 4th, enjoy shopping in the MarketPlace and dance the night away in the ever-popular North Zone."


Making memories this 3rd & 4th of July at CarmelFest will be easy with tasty summer-time food options, amazing live entertainment featuring long-time favorites and new performers, arts and crafts booths, the CarmelFest Has Talent vocal competition, and fantastic fireworks launched by Firestone.

Family traditions have always played a strong role in our community - especially when it comes to the annual CarmelFest Parade. Since everyone likes to pick out their favorite viewing spots in advance – you can expect to see chairs line both sides of the two mile parade route about two days before the Marching Bands hit the streets.


In order to host such as amazing festival, a huge CarmelFest “Thank You” goes out to the City of Carmel, The Rotary Club of Carmel, all of our wonderful volunteers, and our generous sponsors.


Show your patriotic pride and join the celebration!


CarmelFest Highlights:


CarmelFest admission & parking are FREE


Two-day outdoor festival with Market Place, strolling performers, festival food & craft beer tent


KidZone with rides, games & petting zoo


Live entertainment on 3 stages


CarmelFest Has Talent vocal competition


July 4th Carmel Symphony “Star Spangled Salute” & military tribute - conducted by David Bowden


“Wright Brothers” band performance


CarmelFest 4th of July parade “Stars & Stripes Forever”


July 4th Freedom Run & Walk


“BANG! Ultimate Fireworks Experience” VIP party


Amazing fireworks show on July 4th- 9:45pm synchronized to music on WHJE 91.3 FM


Food drive & partnership with local charities


CarmelFest Details:

Location: Carmel Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032

Dates: Friday - July 3rd

4:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Saturday - July 4th

Noon to 10:30 pm


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