Neches River Festival

Mary Claire Benning, Janie Steinhagen, Mary Jane Benning

The Neches River Festival (NRF) has remained one of the most illustri­ous events in Beaumont since its incep­tion in the late 1940s.

photo by Albert Nolan

Patrick Phelan was unveiled as the Neches River Festival King in a ceremony Tuesday, April 1. Phelan was NRF Citizen of the Year in 1981. Patrick Phelan and his wife, Kathryn Odom Phelan, will soon celebrate 50 years of marriage. A graduate of St.