Elvis fans flock to downtown trade show - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Elvis fans flock to downtown trade show

The Elvis Expo is a one stop shop for fans in search of everything Elvis.

At the ultimate Elvis trade show Tuesday, the Cook Convention Center was filled with miles of Elvis merchandise for fans who traveled many miles to get here.  

They filed in to fill up on everything from sweet treats to sweet sounds.
    
Maureen Dodd came all the way from Australia to load up on Elvis jewelry, DVD's and books. 

"I had to buy a new Elvis bag to get it all home," she said.

Visitors in the market for more than a shirt found jumpsuit replicas that were fit for a king.
 
"A lot of collectors and a lot of Elvis fans want to have a replica of something that he wore," said jumpsuit maker Gene Doucette.

Shoes were very much en vogue at the show as well.  Salesperson Robby Sader offered blue suede boots that retailed for $150.00.

But the convocation of the King's fans was about more than merchandise.  It was about the spirit of a man that continues to mesmerize millions.

"It's amazing to me, but I think it's the music," said Linda McCandless of Lexington, Nebraska.  "It's the man...it's the charisma...it's the excitement!"

No matter how fans chose to remember the King of Rock and Roll, what was most important was that, after 30 years, they still remembered.


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