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Four weddings and a Karnival: Couples to tie knot during pancake feed on Valentine's Day

Kirsten Eide and Joey Aldinger plan to be married during the Pancake Karnival on Valentine's Day in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg | Forum Photo Editor

The sausage won't be the only links made during the 51st annual Pancake Karnival on Valentine's Day at the Fargodome.

Four couples have committed to tying the knot during the pancake feed, said Arday Ardayfio, co-chairman of the event.

Kirsten Eide and Joey Aldinger said they never wanted a traditional wedding, and when they read that the Fargo Kiwanis Club was seeking a couple to get hitched during the pancake feed, they rushed in.

"I've never been the girl that plans their wedding growing up," said Eide, 30. "I never wanted the big foofy dress and all of the attendants. I didn't want the stress of it. I wanted the day to be about us and not the wedding."

The Fargo couple postponed their wedding last summer until after their daughter's birth. Eide said a co-worker jokingly suggested they get married during Saturday's feed, and the idea snowballed.

"We've just been waiting for something like this to happen," she said.

It's already a special date for Aldinger's family: His parents exchanged vows on Valentine's Day.

"And so when I told my dad about it, he thought it was the greatest thing in the world," said Aldinger, 31. "He thought it was just hilarious. He said that him and my mom would have done the same exact thing had they had something like that when they did it."

The Kiwanis Club hopes to break the world record of 34,818 pancakes served in an eight-hour period, set during last year's feed at the Fargo Civic Center.

Ardayfio said eight couples initially expressed interest in saying "I do" during the event, and four eventually committed.

All four grooms will receive free tuxes from Straus Clothing, and the brides will receive free veils from The Bridal Shop. Hornbacher's will donate flowers, while the Chocolate Frog will bestow candy bouquets upon the couples, Ardayfio said.

One couple also was randomly chosen to receive free wedding bands from Wimmer's Diamonds and a free wedding gown from The Bridal Shop, he said.

"It's going to be a great time," he said, noting inflatable games will be set up for kids. "It's going to be a whole carnival, but we don't want people to forget (that) why we're doing this is to raise funds for the youth in the community."