TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — For the 13th year in a row, Les Horne of Oxford, England, began Elvis Week in Tupelo, Miss., at the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
"Every year we come, it has gotten a little better," Horne said.
Hundreds of fans from around the world were in Tupelo on Saturday for the 36th Fan Appreciation Day at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Park, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13bJYIa) reported.
This year, for the first time, entertainment and food were in an amphitheater and theater opened on the grounds last August. An evening concert by an Elvis impersonator was moved to the Civic Auditorium because rain threatened.
Elvis week ends with a candlelight vigil at Presley's mansion, Graceland, to mark his death on Aug. 16, 1977. Thousands of people come to Memphis to celebrate The King's life and career.
They include Adela Martinez and Debbie Ponce, who drove 15 hours from Albuquerque, N.M., to Tupelo.
"I've been an Elvis fan since I was 4," said Ponce, 49. "Nothing was going to stop me from coming."
Martinez, who lived in Memphis for years, is paying for both.