‘Walk the Line’: Simpson County celebrates Johnny Cash wedding anniversary with pop-up event

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Simpson County Tourism held a Johnny Cash and June Carter wedding anniversary pop-up event called ‘Walk the Line’ on Saturday.

The couple married on March 1, 1968 at the First United Methodist Church, attendees of the event could take tours of the church and stand right where they said their vows over 50 years ago. 

The couple’s photographer, Alan Messer was at the history center, sharing stories and photos from his time working with them. 

Millhouse Cafe was a part of the event too, serving ‘A Ring of Fire’ latte inspired by the couple while live music was played by Tommy Johnson. Only Johnny Cash songs of course. 

“It’s a very unique piece of history and we get to be a part of their love story and we’re really excited about that. We’re hoping it becomes an annual event and we can continue to celebrate the couple,” said Simpson County Tourism Assistant Director Megan Purazrang. 

“Working with Johnny Cash has been one of the surprisingly greatest events of my professional life,” said Johnny Cash’s photographer Alan Messer. 

The story of why they got married in Franklin, Kentucky instead of Tennessee is that they wanted it to be secret, and it was much quicker.