Carmel, get ready to start dipping into the caramel.
Applefest, an inaugural event created by The Arts and Design District Business Association of Carmel (ADDBAC), is slated for Oct. 13. The one-day festival will take place in the PNC Bank lot on the northeast corner of Main Street and Rangeline Road from 1 to 5 p.m.
While Applefest will live up to its namesake – apples will certainly be available, as will other food – the afternoon will also have a charitable angle.
“ADDBAC members wanted to create a free community event as our way of giving back to the community and showing our support for art and education,” said Jill Zaniker, ADDBAC member and owner of event sponsor Simply Sweet Shop. “This is why we established the ADDBAC scholarship for college-bound high school students. All the money we raise from Applefest will go to the scholarship – that is what this event revolves around.”
Live music, kids’ games and vendors are just some of the activities that Applefest will boast, but an art contest is arguably the centerpiece.
The competition, open to students throughout Hamilton County, rewards the winner with the ADDBAC scholarship to be used toward college tuition. The entries will be judged that day. Also sweetening the scholarship pot is a decorated bushel basket raffle. The baskets will be decorated by ADDBAC members and will be raffled off at the event, and that money will go to fund the scholarship.
The afternoon will also see the launch of Club Applesauce, a new quarterly newspaper dedicated solely to kids’ arts.
Other activities include Face-in-Hole, face painters and caricaturists.