Sunday, April 17, 2011

When Elvis came to Podunk!

Fifty years ago Elvis came to town. Yep!  Elvis.  THE ELVIS!  The king of rock n' roll came to Podunk in 1961 to film the movie, Follow That Dream. Yesterday, we attended the "Elvis" festival. I use that term loosely because it was the sorriest display I've ever seen.

There were only a few people dressed up as Elvis. The two pictures below are the worst and the best Elvis. I'll let you decide which is which.

Local singers regaled the crowd with karaoake

Even the blow-up Elvis ( a travesty in itself) gave it up after this guy.

If I had to make a caption for that, it would be "Lawdy, lawdy, is this what it has come down to?"

Anyway, since this is Podunk and the other big thing here is the Cooter festival, (that's another embarrassing story!)  a lively crowd showed up to celebrate the 6 weeks Elvis spent here. We gave up before the peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich eating contest was over. Oh, I almost forgot, the last time we saw big doings at the courthouse was when Ted Williams died and his son had his head cryogenically frozen and his kids were wrangling over it.

But, below is a nice little video of our county's time with the King. Enjoy!


  1. You do live in Podunk! Is that sign really up in your town?

  2. Looks like a fun time in Podunk :)

  3. This is the best post ever! Thank you for making my day!

  4. Love it :) Love the video too. I remember staying in a small town in NY (on the way to Maine) where some of It's A Wonderful LIfe was filmed and there were several references to it in the hotel. The small Iowa town where Field of Dreams was filmed capitalized for many years off the film - although I don't know if any streets were named for it :) Great post, Kaye!

  5. I am thinking you are not seeing the jewels here...

    I mean that blow up Elvis is the bestest thing I have seen. today.
    Even better in that position!
    and not staying for the banana/peanut butter/bacon sandwich...what were you thinking?

  6. Love it!! I so enjoyed this post!! Podunk...even the name makes me smile.

  7. That blow up Elvis is something! Makes me almost want to move to Podunk. And I tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich once....really really good. I was surprised how much I liked it actually


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