New director steps up to lead CarmelFest parade

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By Desiree Williams

With 10 years of CarmelFest experience, Bec Hunter is taking on a new role as the 2019 parade director in addition to her position as CarmelFest media/PR director.

Hunter previously served as parade co-director with Barbara Ellis, who stepped down after the 2018 event. Hunter leads a parade committee of more than 15 members.

“We are a team,” she said. “Team together, everyone achieves more. That’s kind of how I work.”

CarmelFest is the city’s July 4 festival, complete with entertainment, food, games, rides, a parade and a fireworks display.

Hunter initially joined CarmelFest as a participant with a parade float entry that recognized Vietnam War veterans. Since 2007, when Hunter joined the festival’s organizing committee, the float has grown from 10 members in uniform to 250 to 300 veterans leading the float.

“That’s why we have the Grand Finale for the military, because they deserve this honor,” she said. “We would not have a Fourth of July without our military. They thoroughly enjoy it. (For) a lot of them, that’s something they never got when they came home.”

Professionally, Hunter has worked in radio, television, advertising and public relations. While employed as a media buyer for Caldwell-VanRiper Advertising, she won the American Women in Radio and Television Award in 1990.

After she met her husband, Hunter transitioned to real estate. She now works for RE/MAX Legends as a Realtor and media/PR director.

Hunter credits her background for the access to materials and personalities for CarmelFest and the parade that may not have been available otherwise.

“I think big, maybe sometimes too big, but that’s just the industry I came from,” she said.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. July 4. It is led by the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds.

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