Carmel’s Pumpkinfest to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation


The Carmel Arts Council and Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council want Carmel residents to enjoy some fall family time during the fifth annual Pumpkinfest. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the City Hall Gazebo. The event is free to attend but donations will be accepted.

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“The way we fundraise is all through donations. It’s purely whether guests want to or not,” said CMYC member Laasya Mamidipalli. “We don’t want to force anyone to donate. Anything we receive will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

The festival will include activities for the whole family.

“We will have food, games, a costume parade, hayrides and prizes. We will have activities for little kids like pumpkin decorating,” Mamidipalli said. “It’s mainly a family-oriented event so that you can spend time outside enjoying the fall weather.”

Students from Carmel High School and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School will provide activities at the festival.

“Last year we had face painting, outdoor games, simple campfire games. There was a pumpkin carver and hayrides,” Mamidipalli said. “They really seemed to enjoy those, so we’ll have them again this year.”

There will also be performances from individual high school singers and elementary school groups. Food trucks will be on hand for guests to purchase food and beverages.

Weather won’t keep families from enjoying Pumpkinfest.

“In the case of rain we will move it the firehouse,” Mamidipalli said.

Last year’s event drew more than 300 people and raised more than $2,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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