University of Iowa fans visiting the Estherville Farm, Home and Living Show this weekend may get a pleasant surprise with the appearance of Hawkeye Elvis.
Hawkeye Elvis, aka Greg Suckow, has been a familiar site the past few seasons at Iowa football and basketball games, dressed in a black-and-gold themed jumpsuit as the king.
He will help raise funds for Emmet County Special Olympics. For a donation to the local organization, patrons of the show can take a picture with Hawkeye Elvis. He will be at the event Friday from opening until about 7:30 p.m. and then head to Mac's Top Hat. He will return to the Farm, Home and Living Show on Saturday for its entirety from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Suckow said that despite growing up in Ogden, which is closer to Ames than Iowa City, he was always a Hawkeye fan.
"I was drawn more to the Tiger Hawk and that was during the Hayden Fry era," he said.
The idea for Hawkeye Elvis came to Suckow in 2009 when he went to a football game with the fans dressed in Halloween costumes.
"I called my mom and asked her to make me a black and gold Hawkeye-themed Elvis jumpsuit," he said. "I went to a basketball game and everyone loved it. It was fun and I did it more frequently."
By 2010, if Suckow didn't show up in costume, people asked him where Elvis was.
Suckow said the University of Iowa has embraced Hawkeye Elvis.
The marching band even invited him to perform with them during an Elvis-themed routine.
In his regular areas, Suckow works as a commercial real estate attorney in Minneapolis. He often makes the weekend trek to Iowa City for football and basketball games.
He said he has known Dave Carrico, a leader of Emmet County Special Olympics, for many years.
It was at Carrico's request that Suckow is coming to Estherville this weekend.