On this day in 1945, it was children’s day at the annual Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show at the Fairgrounds in the middle of town. Ten-year-old Elvis stood on a chair at a microphone and sang ‘Old Shep’ in the youth talent contest. The talent show was broadcast over WELO Radio. Legend has it that Elvis won second prize; $5.00 and free admission to all the rides at the fair.
However, further research has shown the Elvis did not place second at the fair, but he may have placed fifth, and probably did not win a prize. By Elvis’s own recollection he won fifth place but got a whipping the same day from his mother for going on one of the more ‘dangerous’ rides.
Elvis is pictured here, he is the boy in the glasses.