Elvis Fest kicks off this weekend at Little Graceland

News Center 23

POSTED: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 12:25pm

Little Graceland is Los Fresnos is the only museum besides the Graceland museum in Memphis dedicated to Elvis Presley. But even though you can visit the museum on certain week days, Elvis Fest only comes around once a year, and it's happening this weekend.

"it's a tribute to him," said Little Graceland founder Simon Vega. "We have a big tent and a big stage where each Elvis impersonator does his show. They come from Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, San Antonio and the Valley. We have ten coming this time."

Little Graceland is owned and run by Simon Vega, but he's not just a fan of Elvis. Vega and the superstar were army buddies from 1958 to 1960.

"He never put himself above any of us," said Vega. "He was a soldier like us and that's what he wanted to be."

So in tribute to the singer, Vega invites impersonators who idolize the late celebrity just as much as he does.

"We like to keep Elvis's memory alive and so this is what we do every year here at Little Graceland in Los Fresnos, Texas," said Elvis impersonator Luis Salazar, Jr. "So every year for his anniversary of his death or for his birthday, we come and pay tribute ourselves, Elvis tribute artists, pay tribute to the King of Rock and roll to keep his memory alive."

But aside from the music, food and several hundred people who are expected to attend Elvis Fest, Vega says it's important to keep in mind what Elvis really wanted out of life:

"Elvis told us one time that the main thing he had in his life was to make people happy."

Reporting in Los Fresnos, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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