Ribs and Romance

This year’s Ribfest not only brought out its staple food but a bit of romance as well.

Montgomery resident Ryan Distel took the stage and proposed to Ashley Palasti, his girlfriend of four years. As the bass player for the band Admiral of Black, he had planned to do it during the band’s performance but it got rained out.

Still, Ashley was pleasantly surprised.

“I was so nervous my legs were shaking [and] I had no idea why I was on stage but I was really excited.” said Pilasti. “He’s the most caring person I’ve ever met. I enjoy every moment with him.”

The two met when Distel was working as a mechanic and helped Pilasti when her car broke down.

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