I understand that today at the Sonoma County Fair it was Valentine's Day and that couples were invited to get married or renew their vows on Butler Amusements' Majestic Giant Wheel. In 2011, while researching in preparation for the Sonoma County Fair's 75th-anniversary museum exhibit, I came across this photo taken by Chris Dawson for the Press Democrat. Shown are Bill Albert and Wendy Entz getting married at the Fair in July 1980.
Instead of a ferris wheel, Bill and Wendy chose the Artic Flyer as their wedding "chapel." I checked Ancestry.com and found that their marriage is officially recorded in the California Marriage Index. William L. Albert, Jr. was 30, and Wendy D. Entz was 19 at the time.
According to the caption in a July 17, 1980, Press Democrat, Bill was a long time employee of Foley & Burke. For years Foley and Burke had the carnival contract at the Sonoma County Fair. The Artic Flyer was one of their rides. Wendy worked in a glass pitch booth. The Reverand Susan Bostick of Santa Rosa Psychic Institute officiated. Mike Smylie, Stockton, was best man. Fred Zertanna, a friend from the area, gave away the bride.