Longtime marriages 'take a lot of work'

Farrah Anderson|Commercial-NewsA couple embraces Wednesday during an Elvis cover at the Golden Wedding celebration at the Georgetown Fair. The event recognizes couples who have been married for 50 years or more.

BY FARRAH ANDERSON

newsroom@dancomnews.com

GEORGETOWN — “Do you love me, do you want me?”

“I think this is how love goes, check yes or no.”

“My baby loves me, Cadillac style.”

The Georgetown Fair’s banquet center was filled with love songs Wednesday for the annual Golden Wedding. The Golden Wedding celebrated local couples who have passed their 50th wedding anniversary.

Ed and Diane Lane will have been married 54 years this September. They met in high school and were married soon after graduation. Ed joined the service and the couple moved away from family during the war. They raised a family throughout their marriage and attended kids’ and grandkids’ games and activities.

“It takes a lot of work to stay married. You can just up and leave after a little fight,” Ed said.

The couple shared advice for lovebirds in the younger generations.

“Learn to be self-sufficient and depend on each other,” Diane said.

One of their daughters has been married 23 years and the other has been married 33 years.

Now Ed and Diane focus on themselves and their relationship.

“We fish together, we have a flower garden, we take care of our pool, eat dinner with friends,” the pair said.

The Golden Wedding featured live music with love songs including “Love Me Tender,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and oldies such as “Great Balls of Fire" and “Folsom Prison Blues.”

“Back in the day, some men saw some pretty women. And you’re all here because they get prettier every day,” the performer said to the crowd bearing a smile.

The Georgetown-Ridge farm High School cheer team served cobbler and ice cream at the event. They performed a routine and even started dancing during the musical performance.

The afternoon concluded with a standing ovation for “God Bless the U.S.A.” and a round of bingo for the couples.

The fair continues through Saturday. A rodeo starts at 7 p.m. today in front of the grandstands.

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