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SURPRISE — unexpected royalty

Posted: Friday, Sep 20th, 2013

Photo by Paula McCambridge/Atascadero News Back row from left are: Lon Allan, grand marshal in 2008; Duane and Austa Hamann, king and queen in 2009; Marileon Barclay, grand marshal in 2011; Rex and Betty Hendrix, king and queen in 1996; reigning 2012 queen and king Peggy and Tom O’Malley. Middle row from left are: Dewey Girard, grand marshal in 2009; Bonnie and Bob Wilkins, queen and king in 2003; Earl Adams, king in 2006; Roberta and Fred Green, queen and king in 2010; Don and Linda Messer, king and queen in 2011; Ginny Jespersen, queen in 1999. Front row from left are: Don and Shirley Moore, king and queen in 1998; Katharine Lickers, queen in 2006; Leighton Cook, grand marshal in 2000; Jerry Clay, grand marshal in 2003; and Maggie Vandergon, grand marshal in 1994. Not pictured are Albert and Lorna Young, Nancy Rasmussen, Rod Gouff and Diane Gouff, Jerry DeCou, Ken Gouff, Marvelle Peterson, Gerry Norton and Rich Martinez.

ATASCADERO — Representing Atascadero in its historic annual Colony Days celebration is always an honor, but how does a committee select just three citizens to serve as king, queen and grand marshal when it is the year of the community’s centennial anniversary?

“Because it was the centennial year, we were trying to decide who could fill the boots for a hundred years,” said Kent Kenney, committee chair. “We didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, then we got an idea. I said, ‘You know what? We have all these people who have served as king, queen and grand marshal, why don’t we have them all as this year’s royalty.”

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