ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A fair of the heart turned into a lifetime commitment for a central Kentucky couple.
Fort Knox soldier Spc. Robert Smock and his sweetheart, Amber Chapman, ran off to the county fair to get married over the weekend, exchanging their vows on the carousel.
Chapman glided up and down on her plastic horse, holding her bouquet of cotton candy, as she and Smock exchanged candy rings.
Smock said they had been putting off getting married - they dated for three years - so when Chapman said Friday that they should go ahead and do it, he agreed.
"The next thing I knew, she was calling me from the courthouse, getting my information so she could fill out the marriage certificate," he said, laughing. "Our engagement was probably a total of two minutes."
The couple wanted to get married that day, but Smock couldn't get away from his 24-hour staff duty at Fort Knox long enough, so they had to wait until Saturday. That left a little time for wedding planning.
Justice of the Peace Robert Scott told the couple that he had to help at the Hardin County fair, so he could only marry them right away if they met him at the fairgrounds.
Fair Board President Larry Jaggers said the idea of a carousel ceremony was unusual and exciting.
"You read and hear about this kind of thing happening at other places, but you never think it will happen at your place," he said.
Information from: The News-Enterprise,
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