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4th Annual Elvis Haircut Day

Chaffee Barbershop Museum, 7313 Terry, Fort Smith, Ark.

Local Fort Smith history special event

March, 24 2012 Thru March, 24 2012


10 a.m.

The Chaffee Barbershop Museum in the Camp Chaffee Tank Destroyer Battalion Historic District will host the 4th Annual Haircut Day commemorating Elvis Presley’s historic G.I. haircut at Fort Chaffee in 1958. This '50s-style festival will include an Elvis look-alike contest, poodle skirt and hula-hoop contests and Elvis karaoke. Prizes will be awarded. Auto enthusiasts will enjoy displays of vintage military vehicles and automobiles. Face painting, balloon-art displays, festival food and authentic G.I. buzzcuts in the barbershop make this an event for Elvis fans of all ages to enjoy.

The celebration will be emceed by Fort Smith’s own, Tommy Street. The Irish Dance Council will kick off the event before Elvis tribute artists, Brent Giddens and Jerry Page, take the stage. For a donation of $2 to benefit the Historic District, Elvis fans can enjoy a double feature of Elvis movies. The movies will be shown 3:30-6 p.m. at the Enchanted Wedding Chapel, located at 12001 Ward Avenue, Bldg. #128, just two buildings away from the barbershop. The Vietnam Veterans Museum, Enchanted Doll Museum and Cre8ive Arts Network, all located within the Historic District, will be open during the event.

Since its creation in 2008, the Chaffee Barbershop Museum where Elvis Presley received his famous first G.I. haircut has welcomed visitors from all over the world. A celebration on the 51st anniversary of Elvis’ haircut drew 250 guests from multiple states. News reporters and relatives of Elvis’ barber entertained the crowd by recalling the events of that fateful day.

Located in the heart of the Chaffee Crossing museum district, the barbershop has been restored to its condition in 1958 when thousands of U.S. Army enlistees received their signature army buzz cut. It also houses a historical museum with photos and artifacts documenting the 70-year history of Fort Chaffee. Items on display include memorabilia from the base that was used by the United States Army to house German prisoners of war, Cuban refugees and relocated Vietnamese citizens. Also on hand, is memorabilia from the movies “Biloxi Blues”, “The Tuskegee Airmen” and “A Soldier’s Story” which were all filmed at Fort Chaffee.

The museum is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm, except on national holidays. There is no admission charge. If you need any additional information please contact Joey Chasteen, Museum Coordinator at 479-452-4554. For group tours, please call (479)783-8888.

Contact Info: 479-452-4554

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