Mid-State Fair

Local man proposes to girlfriend on stage at Mid-State Fair concert

Jordan Main and fiancée Rachel Moore hold a copy of Train's set list, which includes a notation of the marriage proposal tucked in near the end of the show.
Jordan Main and fiancée Rachel Moore hold a copy of Train's set list, which includes a notation of the marriage proposal tucked in near the end of the show. Courtesy photo

On bended knee, with more than 6,000 people watching, Jordan Main asked his longtime love, Rachel Moore, to marry him. And she said yes.

The newly engaged couple then danced together on stage as Pat Monahan, lead singer of the rock band Train, finished singing the band’s Billboard hit single “Marry Me” during a Thursday night performance at the California Mid-State Fair.

“It was the best night of my life so far,” Moore said. “It was so much fun and such a surprise — I had no idea it was going to happen. It seriously felt like a dream.”

Main bought tickets for the show to surprise his girlfriend because Train is her favorite band. The last time the band came to the fair, the couple had to sit in a section farther back from the stage because Main had a broken leg.

This time, he scored front-row tickets.

He spent more than two months sending dozens of emails to Train’s management company trying to get permission to propose to Moore on stage during the concert.

“I didn’t even know who I was emailing — just anyone I could,” Main said.

Eventually, it worked, and someone from New York forwarded his request to Monahan’s assistant.

Yet, until the moment that Monahan began singing “Marry Me” toward the end of the show and one of the band’s managers gave him the thumbs-up, he wasn’t certain it would happen.

“That’s when I started to get nervous,” Main recalled.

Main, 33, a waiter at the steakhouse at the Madonna Inn, and Moore, 29, who works at Biddle Ranch Vineyard, both grew up in San Luis Obispo County.

They have been dating for five years but have known each other for 10.

“It was about time for me to propose,” Main said. “And with the song, and her favorite band, I knew it would obviously be something she wouldn’t forget.”

Once Monahan paused the song and called for Main to come on stage, it all became real.

“I wanted to tell her I love her more than anything,” Main said. “I was going to say that forever is a really long time, and I would be honored if she would be my forever.”

But emotions overtook him and instead he kept it simple — telling Moore that he loved her more than anything and asking her to marry him.

The grandstand erupted in celebration and as Monahan finished the song, another couple, who had gotten engaged in the crowd, danced on the stage next to them during the final chords.

On the stage, all Main could see was his soon-to-be wife.

“She is one of those people that everything she does for me is in the good for both of us,” Main said.

Moore, too, felt the world slip away into a reverie — even as she was standing next to her favorite band.

“It felt just like him and myself standing there,” she said.

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