TUPELO, Miss. For the 13th year in a row, Les Horne of Oxford, England, began Elvis Week in Tupelo, Miss., at the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that hundreds of fans from around the world were in Tupelo on Saturday for the 36th Fan Appreciation Day.
This year, for the first time, entertainment and food were in an amphitheater and theater opened on the grounds last August. An evening concert was moved to the Civic Auditorium because rain threatened.
Elvis week marks Presley's death. Remaining events are in Memphis, Tenn., centered around Graceland, Presley's mansion.
Forty-seven-year-old Michael Franta of Huntington Beach, Calif., put it this way: "The fan goes to Graceland. The real fan goes to Tupelo."