PARKERSBURG - An American icon was the centerpiece of a Fourth of July show Saturday at Parkersburg City Park.
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, as presented by Jim Forshey of Parkersburg, was the headline act of the Fourth of July celebration sponsored by Fairlawn Baptist Church.
Other acts included the Victory Twirlers from Fairlawn Baptist, Kayla Morris, the feature twirler at West Virginia University, Misty Wright and the Rich Harmonies, who also sang backup for the headliner.
Jim Forshey performed Saturday at Parkersburg City Park as The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.
Forshey said he has been an Elvis Tribute Artist since 2004 and has performed across West Virginia and Ohio.
"My dad did an Elvis Tribute show and I picked up on it later," he said, referring to his father, also named Jim Forshey. "I do 25 to 30 shows a year as Elvis."
Forshey, 37, said he grew up hearing the music of the older Elvis and that is the one he does the most. He was encouraged by others who knew he liked to sing and that he is an Elvis fan.
"I like the Elvis of the late '70s," he said. "That was the music of his I heard the most and it's the music of his I like the most. Sometimes I do the show as the younger Elvis."
Forshey said at Saturday's show he was the only Elvis Tribute Artist on the schedule. He added doing a show with a number of tribute artists would be something he would like to do someday.
When he is not portraying Elvis, Forshey is a physical therapy assistant at Sunrise Rehab in Parkersburg .
Caroline Russell, of Parkersburg, was at the show Saturday and said she enjoyed all of it, especially Elvis. She added she also liked the performance by the Victory Twirlers and Morris.
"I always like to see Elvis," she said. "I got to see him once in Charleston. Jim Forshey does a good job as Elvis. My husband used to play guitar for Forshey's dad."
Gary Bishop, of Parkersburg, said he came for the Elvis tribute.
"I came to see Elvis," he said. "His music is what brought me here for the most part."
Joel Hickerson, of Parkersburg, said Elvis was the draw to the celebration for him as well.
"I like Elvis," he said. "He (Forshey) is pretty good, I like the way he does 'Heartbreak Hotel.'"