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Man Proposes in Front of Sea Lion Splash at Big E

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Over four years ago, Eric Corbiere and Vicki Gaynor took a picture in front of the Sea Lion Splash at the Big E.  It was their very first picture together.

This year, they took a similar picture, but a sea lion was hardly the star.

“Everybody was clapping and cheering, it was a great moment,” said Corbiere.

Corbiere bought the ring months ago, but had no idea how he was going to propose.  Vicki admits she’d been waiting for the big moment.  Little did she know it would be at the Big E.  In fact, Eric didn’t even know it.

“I brought it with me in my pocket to the Big E,” he said.  “I wasn’t sure that was going to be the moment but I had it with me and we got in line for the Sea Lions.  When we got up there, I decided to do it.  I got down on one knee and she was more focused on the sea lions and didn’t even notice at first.”

“This is probably the first time I wasn’t expecting it so he got me good,” Gaynor admits.

This time around, the picture was complimentary — a life-long reminder of a moment these two will never forget, at a fair that now holds more meaning than they ever could have imagined.

They hope to get married next fall.

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