Romance is usually in the air during fair week but this year’s fair romance meter was off the charts. Becky Medlen, the daughter of Warren County A&L acting president Kenneth Medlen, got the surprise of her life Friday night when she was called onstage by singer Cody McCarver.
McCarver seated Medlen on a stool while Adam Dean Mullins serenaded her with what the audience was told was her favorite song, “Wagon Wheel.” A little over halfway through the song, Medlen’s boyfriend of two years, Joey Clark, unbeknownst to her, was making her way across the back of the stage.
Clark got down on one knee and said something to Medlen the audience could not hear. But, Medlen jumped up and hugged and kissed Clark to the shouts of the crowd.
McCarver said, “I think I can guess what she said,” bringing more shouts as well as laughter from the crowd.
Dustin Chisam of Walker Gardens also made his way across the stage to assist Clark in presenting Medlen with a dozen roses. Clark then presented her with a ring, the ring he forgot to give her when he got down on his knee, a beautiful three-quarter karat diamond mounted in a platinum setting purchased from local jeweler Greg Yates at United Diamond Brokers.
When contacted by the Standard, Clark said, “It only seemed fitting to propose at the fair. We met at the fair and started dating at the fair. She and her sister are on the fair board. And, now me and my brother-in-law are on the fair board, too. The fair has been a big part of our lives and I wanted our fair family involved in it.”
Medlen said the proposal came as a surprise. “He did a very good job keeping this a secret. Everyone in Warren County knew this was going to happen but me. Some people kept it a secret for three months.”
The couple have not yet set a wedding date. “We are just enjoying this right now,” said Clark.