Carmel city officials have decided to cancel the Art of Wine event July 20, in the Carmel Arts & Design District in light of excessive heat warnings forecast for the Indianapolis area, according to a City of Carmel news release. City officials consulted with public safety officials and several of the participating vendors who had also voiced concern about the event before making the decision was made to cancel the event in the interest of public safety.
The City of Carmel will process refunds for patrons who purchased VIP tickets.
Carmel’s protocol for hazardous weather conditions as it relates to events extends beyond severe thunderstorms, ice storms and extreme cold weather. In the summer months, the Carmel Fire Department uses the Wet Bulb Globe Temp scale to determine extreme heat conditions, a scale that takes in temperature and relative humidity to determine a threshold at which point an event would be canceled. The City surpassed that threshold July 19 and the forecast for July 20 is well above that danger level as well.
“The safety of our patrons and event staff is our top priority and given the extreme heat conditions, we needed to follow our Emergency Weather Action Plan and cancel the event,” stated Nancy Heck, Director of Community Relations and Economic Development.