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From left, Mayor’s Youth Council members Sophia Yin, Carlton Anker, Avi Patel and Chris Hsu begin preparation’s for the group’s upcoming Fall Fest. (Submitted photo)

From left, Mayor’s Youth Council members Sophia Yin, Carlton Anker, Avi Patel and Chris Hsu begin preparation’s for the group’s upcoming Fall Fest. (Submitted photo)

By Terri Spilman

The Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council has announced plans to host a fall festival to benefit the Humane Society for Hamilton County from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the gazebo on the grounds of City Hall.

The inaugural High School Fall Fest will feature gourd bowling, apple bobbing, a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest and cupcake decorating. The activities will be sponsored by various Carmel High School Clubs such as Project Sunshine, Fantasy Sports and Baking a Difference.

Visitors will have the opportunity to shoot baskets against the TechHOUNDS’ 2012 competition robot, Boomer, in addition to various games offered by other clubs.

Gobble Gobble Food Truck will be among the food vendors present with a portion of all proceeds from merchandise, games and food benefiting services at the Humane Society.

“High School Fall Fest is an idea that originally sparked as a way for Carmel students to demonstrate to the community all of the cool things that they are capable of doing, from playing awesome music, to building robots, to coming together to raise funds for a charity,” said Jack Langston, a Carmel High School senior and president of this year’s youth council. “There are so many students and civic leaders who went into making this event a reality, and it is undoubtedly going to be a great time and a fantastic fundraiser for our local Humane Society.”

According to Langston, the youth council’s High School Night event in August drew about 800 high school students.

The youth council was formed in 2010 and is comprised of high school students who are residents of Carmel. The Youth Council’s mission is to identify and address relevant community issues that affect young people, lead community youth in greater community involvement and lastly, organize and lead young people in community events and activities such as High School Fall Fest. The youth council’s advisor is former Carmel Mayor Jane Reiman.

The High School Fall Fest is open to the public. For more information and a detailed listing of Fall Fest events, visit www.cmycouncil.com.

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