Fans, families feel festival fun

TUPELO – Families and music fans traveled from far and near for the 2010 Elvis Presley Festival, which opened its weekend run Friday.
Jeff and Kim Scofield had two kids in tow. Jonah, 6, and Josie, 4, ran around the playground while Braden Land performed on the Fairpark stage.
A year and a half ago, the family moved from Tupelo to Edwardsville, Ill.
“We came back for the festival,” Kim Scofield said.
“We enjoyed it when we were here before,” her husband said.
“We love the parade and pet parade,” she said.
“And seeing friends,” he said.
“And eating at Connie’s Chicken,” she added. “That’s our trip.”
Kyle Reed and Tom Graham, both of Memphis, were drawn to Tupelo for their first Elvis festival because of the headliners.
They went online and found out Robert Earl Keen was playing Friday, and Lee County’s own Paul Thorn was scheduled to be today’s headliner.
“I bought tickets way in advance,” Graham said.
They planned out their fun, but Wilma Garth of Tupelo and her family happened upon theirs.
“We drove by and saw the carnival,” Garth said.
She came with her four granddaughters. While they rode rides, she sat on a bench and sang along to “That’s All Right” and “Viva Las Vegas.”
Amber Parker drove down from Corinth because her husband, Teddy, had work to do. He’s a drummer in Braden Land’s band.
But even if he didn’t have to play, the Parkers might’ve made the trip anyway.
“I love it. It’s fun. Even if Teddy weren’t in the band, I think we would still come,” she said, “because it’s such a great show. It’s fun to get out and enjoy it.”

M. Scott Morris & Bess Ruff/NEMS Daily Journal