Since moving to Hogansville eight years ago, Ralph Lynch has contributed much to the community, the reason he was chosen as grand marshal for the town’s 2013 Christmas parade.
“Mr. Ralph puts a lot of time and effort into making sure that the Hummingbird Festival is a success each year,” said Djuana Hamner, parade organizer. “He also sings for any occasion that he is asked to contribute in. The parade committee wanted to take this opportunity to honor him for everything he does in and for the community.”
Lynch has been chairman of the Hummingbird Festival for five years and is president of the Hogansville Charitable Trust. He had chaired the Hogansville Historical Commission for five years and served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for four years. He is a singer in the Lynch and Allen Band and performs locally and in surrounding areas to include Columbus and Fayetteville.
“I try to be as involved a I can,” said Lynch. “That’s my goal. I feel you need to be apart of something if you’re going to live there.”
Lynch anticipates being a part of the parade to kick off the Christmas season.
“I was a little surprised and honored by being named grand marshal,” he said. “I look forward to the parade and seeing family and the excitement around the season and what it represents, and seeing the town represent the season.”
Lynch is married to Patti Lynch and they have three children.
The annual Hogansville Christmas Parade, themed “Inside Santa’s Workshop,” is set to begin Friday at 6 p.m. at Hogansville Elementary School. Parade floats are set to begin lining up at 4 p.m. and awards for the float winners will be given out at 5:45 p.m.