If you live in Carmel, you will probably hear at some point: “You should go to SetonFest.” Or, more accurately: “You should go to that little carnival over at the Catholic church on 116th Street and Haverstick Road.” No one I talked to could recall the name of the little carnival, just that it was at a Catholic church and had been around for some time. Does a name really matter when we’re talking about ferris wheels and corn hole? Not particularly. A carnival appears, we go, and we have fun.
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church hosts SetonFest every summer, usually the last week of July or the first week of August. It’s an event that stretches across three evenings — Thursday, Friday and Saturday — from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
This is one of the biggest festivals in Hamilton County. It’s also a good place to throw down some change on carnival food. You’ll find the usual fair fare, such as roasted corn, walking tacos, cotton candy, hot dogs and bratwurst, steak sandwiches and shaved ice. (I may or may not have eaten three of them. OK, I did.) There is also a beer tent. This area is where you can get your drink on — discreetly.
After you’ve had enough to drink, you might want to try your hand at some corn hole, play a few bingo cards, dance to the live music, or enjoy one of the several rides. Yes, there’s a ferris wheel. There’s also that ride where you go around in a circle. There’s also a giant slide, the one with the swatches of burlap and the bumps.
If you’re at SetonFest on Friday and Saturday at dusk, you’ll see the fireworks display in the night sky. It’s a great way to cap off a nice time at a community event.
10655 Haverstick Rd.
Dates vary each year, but this event usually takes place the last week of July or the first week of August.