On Wednesday Jack and Sherry Kovnas renewed the vows they made to each other forty years ago. The vow renewal took place inside of a booth at the Tulsa State Fair.
“When I first saw her I knew that there was something there,” said Green Country resident Jack Kovnas.
It might seem out of the ordinary but the couple says that the fair was a perfect spot to renew their vows because it holds a special place in their heart.
“Our first date was here and I got my first kiss on that Ferris wheel,” Jack said.
The two fell in love and married when Jack was twenty and Sherry was nineteen.
“We just bonded right away,” Sherry said, “Since then he has been my best friend.”
The couple was married in Tulsa but the fair continued to be a central part of their life. Since 1985 the couple has operated an annual booth at the Tulsa State Fair called ‘God’s Creations’ where they sell jewelry, buttons and artwork.
“People at the fair are like our family,” Sherry said.
The couple told FOX23 that the fair was an obvious choice to renew their vows for their 40th wedding anniversary.
“This is where we fell in love,” said Sherry.
Chaplain and Director of the Tulsa State Fair, Walker Moore, said that this was the first time he has held a ceremony in a fair booth but he was honored to be a part of it.
“Forty years ago they made a commitment to one another and to see that they are still happy and still going strong,” said Moore, “That’s unique to see in these days and times.”
The couple says they hope to renew they vows at the again for the 50th wedding anniversary. Until then, they hope their business and their marriage will continue to grow.
“I just want to be with him and share every moment that I can,” Sherry said.