Couple wed at Arizona State Fair

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – After two years of planning, a Valley couple said "I do" at the Arizona State Fair on Sunday.

The groom sang Johnny Cash, the bridesmaids carried cotton candy and as strangers looked on, Rhonda Hitchcock and Dereck Mast exchanged vows.

Then they danced off the stage and high-fived the folks who had come to the last day of the fair and got treated to a wedding.

"We wanted a carnival theme so I thought I'd talk to the fair and see if we could do it here," Hitchcock said.

"We just love the energy of the state fair, all the lights, all the people, everything that's going on so this is where she wanted to have it so I said let's do it," Mast said.

After 10 years of dating the musician, Mast said he knew he needed to make the bride happy.

"There's a saying in life … happy wife means a happy life and what she wants to do, let her do it and things will be great and quiet in the house," he said.

Plus, the fair had its benefits.

"A Ferris wheel and a carousel was way too much for us to purchase," Mast added.

After declaring their love on the Wallace & Ladmo Stage, they went off to their reception dinner where they and about 175 guests feasted on an assortment of fair foods, including corn dogs.