Merrick Festival was first presented in 1992. It was a community showcase, patterned after Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, S.C., and featuring cultural groups from within Coral Gables.
In 1993, a second event, the annual Caroling Competition, (begun in 1987) was added to the Festival’s schedule. Today our efforts are focused on the now 35 year old event. The annual, free to the public event, is dedicated to the continuation of the music programs in our schools. Our sponsor list consists of companies who have found our audience demographics a perfect match to their marketing objectives. They participate in part for that reason but even more so because they believe that music is the future for our children, and these children represent the future of our community. The Caroling Competition supports our kids and the development of their talent. Since it’s inception, the Caroling Competition has provided more than $500,000 cash to the school music programs in Miami Dade County.