Parkes Elvis Festival is January 6-10

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Parkes Elvis Festival is January 6-10

There’s a whole lot of rockin’ and a sea of sombreros at Australia’s best Elvis Festival, the 2016 Parkes Elvis Festival, kicking off today in the New South Wales town of Parkes. This year's Festival theme is the Elvis Presley Mexican film classic, "Fun In Acapulco" with more than 120 events across five days to keep fans entertained.

The program is jam-packed with leading U.S. Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards guest starring in the 2016 Clubs NSW Keno Feature Concert Series. He will perform four high-octane shows, kicking off tomorrow, showcasing the best of The King's Fifties, Sixties and Seventies sounds.

For the first time in its 24-year history, Parkes Elvis Festival will stage a preliminary round of the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Across the Heats on Friday January 8 and the Final on Saturday January 9, leading Elvis tribute artists from Australia and New Zealand will battle it out for the chance to represent Parkes during the Semi Final round of the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, USA, during Elvis Week next August.

The Elvis Express will roll its way from Sydney to Parkes tomorrow with passengers enjoying on-board entertainment from a bevy of Elvis tribute artists. The 2016 Miss Priscilla Dinner tomorrow night sees the sashing of the 2016 Miss Priscilla as the audience enjoys a two-course dinner and show.

Always a highlight of Parkes Elvis Festival, the Busking Competition draws in talented tribute artists who line The NRMA Festival Boulevard to serenade crowds and compete for the title of the 2016 Parkes Elvis Festival Best Busker.

The Cooke Parke Main Stage plays host to a range of free entertainment and competitions including the Junior and Senior Tribute to Elvis Competition, Look-a-Like Competitions and the McDonalds Rock ‘n’ Roll Dancing Competition.

“We always have an incredible pool of talented Festival-goers who love to get involved with the Festival on many different levels. There’s nothing we like more than seeing visitors getting out and joining in the fun of the Festival," said Festival Director Emily Mann.

The 2016 Parkes Elvis Festival features more than 120 free and ticketed events, shows, concerts and competitions.

For all programming and ticketing information or to register for any of the Festival’s competitions, visit

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 2:47 PM
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