COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A couple who have spent years together and years of attending the Tri-City Latino Festival has a moment they would never forget at this year's festival.
Monique Jackson and Manuel Guillen says they've known each other for years and have been to every Tri-City Latino Festival for the past six years. Manuel says after a little help from friends, he knew it was the perfect place to pop the question.
"One of them said hey why don't you do it on the festival? I said 'oh man! That's a good idea,'" says Guillen.
Monique says it couldn't have been more perfect.
"It was a complete total surprise. He jumps on the stage and there were banners in the crowd saying may I have this dance, and can I have this dance for the rest of my life. I said absolutely."
This was one the many special moments for those in attendance. Organizers say love is one of the main components of what makes the festival successful every year.
"It's about the food, the music. It's about all the activities but it's about the love and the inclusion," says Tri-City Board Member Natalie Bouyett.
Those from all cultures and backgrounds in attendance. They say whether it be the dancing, listening to the music or relaxing in the shade, it's a great way to bring the Columbus family together no matter where you're from.
"I think it's something very good for the community because it celebrates the diversity that Latin America has. Just overall North America and South America combined," says festival attendee Jose Guerrero.
"It's a great time with everybody around you. It's good vibes. A lot of laughs and just spending time with family and friends," says festival attendee Maria Dickerson.
Monique and Manuel says they're looking forward to the next Tri-City Festival as husband and wife.