Hundreds of Elvis fans from around the world came to “The Birthplace” on Saturday August 10th for the 36th Fan Appreciation Day.  The event began activities for Elvis Week, which remembers the anniversary of the artist’s Aug. 16, 1977, death.  This is the first year the Fan Appreciation Day was held entirely on the grounds of the birthplace, except for the evening concert by Ben Portsmouth that was moved to the Civic Auditorium at the last minute because of threat of rain.

In the past, entertainment and food was in the church across the street. This year, they were able to utilize an amphitheater and theater opened on the grounds last August. “Every year we come, it has gotten a little better,” said Les Horne of Oxford, England told the D Journal.  He was making his 13th trip to the birthplace.

Michael Franta, 47, of Huntington Beach, Calif., became an Elvis fan after a visit to Graceland in 2005 and has attended Elvis Week yearly since.  “The fan goes to Graceland,” he said. “The real fan goes to Tupelo.”   read more