The Elvis Festival returns to Parkes in its 30th year with sold-out shows that bode well for the record crowd

The Elvis Festival returns to Parkes in its 30th year with sold-out shows that bode well for the record crowd

As organizers put together for what they suppose might be a report turnout, sure Parkes Elvis Competition reveals have offered out for the primary time of their 30-year historical past.

This 12 months’s five-day occasion, which attracts folks from world wide to have fun the life and music of rock’n’roll legend Elvis Presley, kicked off Wednesday.

Impressed by this 12 months’s Blue Hawaii theme, a nod to the king’s lead position within the 1961 film, buskers in Elvis fits or Hawaiian shirts line the principle road, attracting crowds.

Many extra will be a part of festival-goers right this moment, with dozens of performances and different occasions, together with parades, on the Elvis Specific prepare from Sydney.

man in bright blue suit, black wig and flower lei dancing in front of a bronze statue
Mayor Ken Keith expects a report crowd.(ABC Midwest: Brigitte Murphy)

Competition director Tiffany Metal stated this 12 months it’s anticipated to be one of many greatest festivals the midwest NSW city has ever seen.

Lately, the annual pageant has commonly doubled the city’s traditional inhabitants of about 12,000.

Ms. Metal has grown in exercise after her mother and father based it thirty years in the past.

“We have by no means seen ticket gross sales as massive as originally of the week,” he stated.

For the primary time within the historical past of the pageant, tickets for Wednesday and Thursday are offered out.”

three people wearing shirts, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses are smiling, two are holding microphones
Competition-goers Dave Ollerhead (Sydney), Steve Harris (Ashby Heights) and Sue Phillips (Melbourne).(ABC Midwest: Brigitte Murphy)

Mayor Ken Keith acknowledged that there might be a report crowd of greater than 25,000 and stated this might be an enormous increase after years of COVID and devastating latest flooding within the area.

“Bringing this movement of individuals again to town and supporting our native companies is essential this 12 months,” he stated.

“It is nice for the area; it is estimated to be value about $15 million to the area’s financial system, and this may assist revitalize all communities within the midwest.”

three women wearing green Hawaiian-themed dresses and leis
These ladies traveled 700 kilometers from Melbourne.(ABC Midwest: Brigitte Murphy)

Councilor Keith stated crowds and demonstrators got here from all around the nation, and typically the world, to have fun Elvis in Parkes.

“We have now two of one of the best tribute artists on the earth,” he stated.

Matthew Birse is one among many who travels to be on the occasion, driving 12 hours from Adelaide to carry out.

“We have been coming from Adelaide yearly since 2014 and we’re able to ship it for an additional 12 months and entertain the group.”

He stated the pageant retains folks coming again yearly due to Elvis’ legacy.

“Elvis is simply the highest; it is arduous to explain, however he is the best and most influential entertainer of our time.”

man in white suit, wearing red around neck and waist
Elvis impersonator Brad Cartwright moved to Parkes from Sydney 9 years in the past.(ABC Midwest: Brigitte Murphy)

Small city on the large stage

Councilman Keith stated it is the city’s particular nature that retains Elvis lovers coming again.

“I feel everyone seems to be pleasant, they wish to come right here and have time,” he stated.

“Charles Stone, who was Elvis’ live performance organizer for 5 years after the comeback particular, was right here final 12 months and described it as one of the best Elvis pageant on the earth as a result of nothing else has the ambiance that Parkes has.”

Five men dressed in various Elvis Presley outfits
Elvis artists and musicians joined Mayor Ken Keith (proper) on the primary day.(ABC Midwest: Brigitte Murphy)

Mr. Birse agreed that there was nothing else prefer it.

“It is nice, it is like a mecca for Elvis followers to return yearly.”

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