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Grand Marshal Announced for Independence Day Celebrations at Lake Junaluska


LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Nancy Geyer has been chosen as Grand Marshal for the Independence Day Parade at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Geyer has a long and storied history at Lake Junaluska. She has been invited to be honored as Grand Marshal by Executive Director Jack Ewing.

“Nancy, and her late husband Roger, have given tirelessly to make Lake Junaluska a more beautiful, caring, and friendly place,” Ewing said. “Each year we attempt to have someone serve as the Grand Marshal who the community respects and wishes to emulate. Nancy clearly meets this criteria.”

Nancy and Roger Geyer contributed to life at Lake Junaluska in a number of ways. The Geyers began the project of decorating Lake Junaluska for Christmas in 1989 and continued to lead those efforts for 17 years. Nancy is also a part of the Junaluskans, a service group that works to meet the needs of the Lake Junaluska community, and she has been named a Chief Junaluskan due to her tireless efforts to better the community.

Kathy Baldwin, Nancy and Roger’s daughter, said Nancy’s involvement with Meals on Wheels, Roger’s help cutting roses for Landscaping Manager Roddy Ray and her entire family’s love of the Lake Junaluska Singers demonstrate their commitment and dedication to the lake.

“Since the day they moved here, she and my father have both been active in just about everything,” Baldwin said. “They always were really good ambassadors for the lake. [My mom] is fun to be around, generous in every way, supportive and kind.”

The Independence Day Celebrations at Lake Junaluska have always had a special place in Nancy’s heart. As early as the 1960s, the Geyer family scheduled their vacations to Lake Junaluska around the Independence Day Celebrations. Nancy says her family loves the parade. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren still participate.

“I always felt that Grand Marshal was for very special people,” Geyer said. “I never thought I would be asked to be a part of the Fourth of July celebration, and I am pleased to have been chosen.”

The Independence Day Parade is the first event occurring on July 4 at Lake Junaluska, beginning at 11 a.m. from the Lambuth Inn and continuing along Lakeshore Drive to end at the Nanci Weldon Gym. Anyone is welcome to be a part of the parade. The theme this year is “Discover America.” Participants can decorate floats according to their favorite places across the U.S.

A barbecue picnic begins as the parade finishes at the Nanci Weldon Gym. Family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon art and a bouncy house are free and open to the public at the picnic.

In the evening, the Lake Junaluska Singers perform in Stuart Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. A spectacular fireworks display will begin as the Lake Junaluska Singers concert ends – the fireworks are free to the public and will be launched over the lake around 9:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities at the Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebration.

To learn more about the Independence Day Celebrations and to book concert tickets visit or call 800-222-4930.

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through the renewal of soul, mind and body.


Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745