Charbonneau couple reign queen and king of Benton Franklin Grand Parade
Earlier this month, Fred and Patsy Beierle, residents of Charbonneau in Kennewick, Wash., rode through their town's Benton Franklin Grand Parade in a sleek convertible to be honored as king and queen.
Ascended into royalty by fellow Charbonneau residents, everyone in the community is given a ballot of all resident couples and then residents vote on who should be honored with sovereign status for the town's parade.
Married for 13 years and both enjoying their second marriage, Fred and Patsy met at a senior dance in Prossor before moving to Charbonneau one year ago. They each have four children from previous marriages and an abundance of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The parade was filled with thousands of Kennewick community members exuding such positive and happiness, said Stephanie Hamilton, enrichment coordinator for Charbonneau. When Fred and Patsy rode by, everyone stood up to applaud, ran up to the car to take pictures and shouted compliments about the king's crown and the queen's beauty.
The royal couple is familiar with dressing up for a cause. In fact, Fred and Patsy have played the part of Prossor's Santa and Mrs. Claus for the past few years. The festive duo dresses up during the holiday season to pose with fellow residents and their families. Recognizing his jolly demeanor at the parade, kids shouted, Santa Claus is here! Santa is king of the fair!
Long live the Benton Franklin Fair king and queen—a couple truly fit for all seasons!
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