Carmel International Arts Festival â€“ a Recap
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Hamilton County Tourism
During the fall, Hamilton County, Indiana is taken over by festivals.Â Whether it is arts, harvest, pumpkins or apples â€“ the season is properly celebrated! Judy from the 8 Great Towns office spends many of her weekends out and about with her friends and family, experiencing the fun festivals â€“ and then gives us great recaps to share.Â Here is what Judy had to say about the 2010 Carmel International Arts Festival: [caption id="attachment_2632" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Photo from the Carmel Arts Festival website, 2009"][/caption] This past Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days to be outside, and to get out and get some fresh air. I gathered a group and we headed to the Carmel Arts & Design District for the weekend long International Arts Festival. Â I was lucky enough to visit the festival BOTH days and had a great time. With over 140 vendors from all over the Midwest, there was a great selection of oil paintings, watercolors, and blown up black/white photographs. Â There were artists who specialized in metals, and others who work with clay and fabrics. As we strolled around, I examined a lot of gorgeous jewelry made from gemstones, pearls andÂ metals - they definitely had something for everyone. [caption id="attachment_2633" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Getting a first hand experience in creating art, photo from 2009 Festival"][/caption] To accompany the visual arts, live musical and dance performances were available on the variousÂ free stages.Â Seating was arranged around each stage, which offered a nice break for those who needed a quick rest before continuing on with the event. The food was also something not to forget. Â Local restaurants in the area were open and selling delicious treats.Â Vendors were out, selling ribs, gyros, old fashion root beer, kettle corn and more. Â The delightful food smells reminded me of the Indiana State Fair. The best part? I spent some money on a few great finds, but did not leave with an empty wallet! Â Hope to see you all there in 2011. -Judy Erner, Community & Events Manager For more information on the Carmel International Arts Festival â€“ and the other great fall festivals in the area - visit us at 8GreatTowns.com.