Proposal lights up the show

Dean Thexton proposes to fiancée Roxanne Waite at this year’s Sale Show.

Dean Thexton proposes to fiancée Roxanne Waite at this year’s Sale Show.

FOR Heyfield's Dean Thexton and Sale's Roxanne Waite, this year's Sale Show was unforgettable.

Teeing up a nervous Gippsland Times photographer to capture the big moment at the Friday night carnival, Dean read Roxanne a love poem he had written for the occasion, before getting down on one knee and popping the big question.

Roxanne cried yes and the two embraced, just as Roxanne's favourite part of the show, the fireworks, began.

With a custom engagement ring just days away from completion, Dean didn't have to resort to his backup plan of Burger Rings as, luckily for Roxanne, a friend stepped in at the last minute with a stopgap sparkler.

Volunteering at the CFA stand at the Sale Show since he was 11-years-old, Dean knew his girlfriend's passion for the show and the fireworks offered the perfect opportunity for a proposal.

"I went on a few rides to calm my nerves, but I think they might've just made my stomach even worse," he laughed.

Stratford’s Jasper Kryzyzanowski, 14, Denison’s Lachlan Hindle, 14, Molly Courtney, 14 and Natalya Hindle, 16, lose their stomachs on the music trip.

Stratford’s Jasper Kryzyzanowski, 14, Denison’s Lachlan Hindle, 14, Molly Courtney, 14 and Natalya Hindle, 16, lose their stomachs on the music trip.

Roxanne told the Gippsland Times her favourite year at the show was the year it landed on her 16th birthday.

She has been going to the show each year ever since she can remember, although she admits it's never really been the same since the Matterhorn left.

"Every year it's different, especially the fireworks," she beamed.

The pair have known each other since they were five-years-old, first meeting in prep.

Each year they've attended the show, sometimes together, sometimes not, but both hailing it one of their favourite times of the year.

This journalist guesses 2017's show has surpassed Roxanne's birthday as her favourite Sale Show of all time.

Thousands of people flocked through the gates of this year's Sale Show.

For more Sale Show photos, see Tuesday's Gippsland Times.

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