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News createt: 03-04-2012 13:00:00

Fans let their hair down for Elvis Haircut Day

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Fans let their hair down for Elvis Haircut Day


FORT SMITH — Elvis lives — at least in the minds and hearts of the 1,000 or so people who trickled in and out of Elvis Haircut Day.

The remainder of the day was dedicated to Elvis and 1950s-era activities. Some people in the crowd came dressed in 1950s style clothing just for the fun of it.

The event, now in its fourth year, continues to grow. The 1,000 in attendance doubled last year’s 400 at Elvis Haircut Day.

Jimmy Don Peterson, a barber and retired Fort Smith school teacher, prepped his clippers and supplies as 21 people lined up ready for a free haircut in the barbershop where Elvis sat for James B. Peterson, Jimmy's father, for the same experience in 1958.

Outside, people on stage gave it their best shot during an Elvis karaoke contest. Some did the king justice; others, not so much, but all had a good time regardless of ability. Prices were Sun Records mouse pad, Elvis lunch box, Graceland DVD.