Elvis’ memory honored at the Erie County Fair

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Fans of the late Elvis Presley got a double treat at the Erie County Fair Thursday.

In the evening, there was a concert by tribute artist Terry Buchwald, who astonishes fans with his dynamic voice and striking resemblance to Elvis.

All during the day fair-goers could purchase the new Elvis stamp, released on Wednesday.

The U.S. Postal Service set up a special booth and sold commemorative envelopes bearing the new stamp and pictorial post mark that made it a collector’s item.

“He’s forever. Elvis is forever,” said Donna Massant, the communications coordinator for the Post Office in Buffalo. “Thus the stamp is the “Elvis Forever Stamp.”

Trish and Kevin Kedzierski made sure they had their special souvenir from the Fair.

They are forever honoring The King, as leaders of the Western New York Elvis Appreciation Society.

Trish pointed out a picture they took at the Heartbreak Hotel. They certainly have been to Graceland.

“Well the first time we went in the Garden of Meditation,” said Trish, “we pulled grass out of the ground.  Kevin chimed in “I got a swatch, a last piece of grass that was at his grave.” Trish added “We put it in a little plastic bag, and we have it.”

Elvis died on August 16, 1977. He would have been 80 years old today.

Before Terry Buchwald took the stage at the Fair Thursday, he reflected on how he hopes his audience will respond. “I’m hoping that I’m taking them back to maybe their first prom, maybe their first kiss, maybe their wedding dance, or the first time they danced to an Elvis song.”






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