Without volunteers, CFest doesn’t happen


As this is being written, CarmelFest 2013 is six days off from lifting the lid on its 25th edition, the Silver Jubilee. Inside today’s Current in Carmel – and on the grounds of CarmelFest – you will find a special section devoted to the July 3-4 event. That section should provide you with everything you need to know to maximize on the experience of The Greatest Festival in Indiana. If the weather cooperates – and at this writing it seems it will – we’re anticipating in excess of 50,000 attendees.

There’s so much to do, see and experience, that it will be well worth your time should you choose to attend – and we hope you will. We have written in this space about CarmelFest Chairman Jeff Worrell. We just want to take the opportunity to salute him and his various committees for what we’re certain will be a job well done with the silver-anniversary running of the festival. Planning actually starts in January, and it’s non-stop rock ‘n’ roll from that point until the last “door” is closed in the wee hours of July 5.

You might recall it’s an all-volunteer force. Seriously, no one collects one thin dime. Selflessly, they donate hours upon hours under Worrell’s direction, and so when you run across a trash trooper or a stage hand, or any other volunteer, for that matter, please offer a pat on the back or word of encouragement. They do this for you, and they do it because they want to pay forward. Without the volunteers, this festival doesn’t happen. We believe plans are in place to stage something bigger and better than ever. And that happens in the name of giving you and Carmel a festival of which you can be proud. Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Enjoy silver jubilation.


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