Mt. Carmel is located in southeast Illinois in Wabash County (of which it is the county seat) overlooking the Wabash River at the itersection of SRs 1 and 15. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 7,882, a decrease of 405 since 1990.
For outdoor recreation, Beall Woods State Park lies just minutes to the southwest of town.
Summer fun would be incomplete without a visit to the "Wabash Ribberfest BBQ Cookoff" which attracts nationally ranked teams from all over the country competing for a place in the Memphis, TN, BBQ National finals held in May. The local event is held the weekend after Labor Day.
Wabash Valley College, a community college, provides the area with continuing educational opportunities.
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Stucky Music Festival Park City KY May17-18 It is a hard economic time and Stucky Musical Festival would like to remain a low cost event that gives both musicians and local companies a place to promote themselves, as well as sell their merchandise. Proceeds will go to growing this festival so that it can continue on and to a local charity that helps children have opportunity to participate in music and art.
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.