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Win a $10,580 engagement ring and propose during December Nights

For the second year, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers is sponsoring an engagement ring contest as part of the December Nights opening ceremony. You have until November 23 to submit your love story and photo to surprise your special someone with this sparkly bling. Pictured on the Leo Hamel site, the 18k white gold Hearts On Fire® Beloved Diamond engagement ring is set with 1.20 carats of The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamonds® and valued at over $10,000.

During last year’s opening ceremony, winner Chris surprised Kelsey on stage in front of Mayor Sanders and hundreds of Balboa Park visitors. We captured part of the proposal on video (see below). We hear that they’re planning to get married at the Prado restaurant in December, a year from their special moment at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

A few things to note: You will have to pay taxes on the ring. You cannot be married already. And you should be pretty darn sure he or she will say yes before you take the mic.

The entrant with the most compelling and romantic love story will be notified on Saturday, November 24. The "Perfect Proposal" will take place on the evening of Friday, December 7, at 6:30pm on the Organ Pavilion stage. 

May the best story win!

--Maren Dougherty

Video by Michael Jackson