GP: Fourth of July parade stops for marriage proposal

Nolan Huelsmann stopped the Garden Plain Fourth of July parade to propose to Trisha Lauer. The couple is now engaged. Contributed photo

By Sam Jack
The Times-Sentinel

GARDEN PLAIN – Last week’s Garden Plain Fourth of July parade stopped, albeit briefly, to accommodate a surprise marriage proposal.

Nolan Huelsmann proposed to Trisha Lauer. Trisha and her father, Andy Lauer, were each driving antique John Deere tractors, something they do every summer. As the pair drove past the grandstand area, Andy brought his tractor to a halt, and Trisha followed suit.

“That’s when I see Nolan walking up to me, and my mom (Kathy Lauer) was holding the sign that says, ‘Trisha, will you marry me?’” Trisha said.


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Nolan got down on one knee and popped the question. Trisha said yes, to cheers from the surrounding spectators.

“We did not have time to say a whole lot, because, I mean, he stopped the whole parade,” Trisha said. “There were just so many people around, just yelling and screaming.”

After the exciting moment, Trisha had to get back on her tractor and finish the parade. Afterward, family members gathered with the newly-engaged couple. Everybody had known about the proposal plans, Trisha learned, except for her.

Nolan said he knew Trisha’s answer was going to be “yes,” which is why he felt comfortable proposing in front of the entire town. He and Trisha both grew up in the local area and even went to the same elementary school, St. Peter Schulte.

“We both enjoy working on cars, being outdoors, and just the rural lifestyle,” Nolan said. “We’re together all day long, except when we’re at work, and we never get tired of each other.”

Trisha and her father were slated to ride their antique tractors again, in the Sedgwick County Fair Parade this Wednesday.