2005-09-15 / Front Page

Chamber begins search for parade grand marshal

Emma Smith, grand marshal of last year’s holiday parade, is on the lookout for a new grand marshal for the 2005 Lincolnton Holiday Parade. The search will end October 14. For more information about the contest, contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce at 1706-359-7970. Emma Smith, grand marshal of last year’s holiday parade, is on the lookout for a new grand marshal for the 2005 Lincolnton Holiday Parade. The search will end October 14. For more information about the contest, contact the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce at 1706-359-7970. The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations from the general public for grand marshal of the 2005 Lincolnton Holiday Parade.

Sponsored annually by the chamber, this year’s parade will be held on Saturday, November 19, beginning at 4 p.m.

Former grand marshals include Emma Smith, Joe Otis “Mr. Bud” Hawes, Mickey and Murray Norman, Thomas Bunch, Welcome Mason, Frances Prater, Ben Ross, and Willie Harris.

The guidelines for those submitting nominees for this year’s grand marshal are as follows:

The nominee must be a full-time resident of Lincoln County.

Nominations must be submitted in written form. Typed entries are preferred.

Each entry must include the name, address, and telephone number of both the author and the nominee.

The contest is open to the public with no age restrictions.

The entries must explain why the candidate should be selected as the grand marshal.

Although there is no word limit, entries are not to exceed one page for framing purposes.

All entries should be submitted voluntarily.

Members of the chamber of commerce’s board of directors, along with their spouses and children, are not eligible to serve as grand marshal. However, they may participate in the nomination process.

The chamber’s board of directors will govern the final selection of the winner.

Previous chamber grand marshals are ineligible to win.

Prizes and awards will be determined by the chamber’s board of directors.

In addition to leading the 2005 Lincolnton Holiday Parade and receiving various prizes, the 2005 Grand Marshal will be the subject of an article appearing in the November 3 issue of The Lincoln Journal. Also, the grand marshal and the individual submitting the winning essay will be guests of honor at the annual chamber banquet in January.

“This is an opportunity to recognize an individual who has touched your life or the community in a very special way,” said Benton Willis, contest chairman for the chamber. “There are so many unsung heroes in our county who deserve a nice pat on the back.”

She went on to point out that the essays will be judged strictly on content, specifically originality and sincerity. “Creativity is encouraged,” she added.

The entries must be delivered, mailed, or faxed to the chamber office located in the Blanchard House at 112 N. Washington Street by 5 p.m. Friday, October 14. The chamber of commerce’s mailing address is P.O. Box 810, Lincolnton, Georgia, 30817. The fax number is 1-706-3595477.

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