COSTA MESA — They came full circle in front of the Ferris wheel Wednesday morning, renewing their wedding vows at the virtually empty Orange County Fairgrounds after being married for 20 years.
Normally, Bob and Deena Jackson, who were married on July 28, 1990, in Reno, Nev., are busting their tails selling beer, charbroiled corn and baked potatoes at the fair. But on this morning, the couple assumed the spotlight as an assortment of carnival friends — whom they termed "our real family" — bore witness.
The first exchange of vows was mostly humorous as Deena told Bob before the Rev. Dave Rogers that she was going to take him for "better or for worse" and "for richer or for poorer," especially for poorer, given her shopping habit.
"And I promise to take care of you when you're sick, and to never put you in an old folks home," vowed 47-year-old Deena, who is 16 years younger than her husband. "Oh, and to let you know you're getting it even when you're too old to know you're getting it."