Attracting more than 18,000 people every year, Parkes Elvis Festival features a jam-packed program over five days including competitions, parades, shows, entertainment, food, and memorabilia as well as more than 150 one of its kind events. All Elvis style, all Elvis-tastic, all Elvis fashion. It's no wonder that this event draws thousands of people from all over the place every year.
Mark my words, you will want to come. The following pages show my top picks and if you like what you see, then purchase the Official Souvenir Program to start planning your visit to this fabulous festival.
As the official guest for 2014 Parkes Elvis Festival, the wonderful Cynthia Pepper will be entertaining the masses with her stories about her film and television career including her time as Elvis Presley's co-star in Kissin' Cousins. You will be enthralled by her fascinating tales and experiences. What's more, there will be a chance for you to ask questions and have a one on one chat after every session as well as an opportunity to get a photo taken with the super star and get Cynthia's autograph. What a precious keepsake for you to add to your Elvis collection!
When: Wednesday 8 January at 7.30 - 9.00pm
Friday 9 January 10.30am - 12 noon Friday 9 January 2.00 - 3.30pm Where: Parkes Sunset and Boulevard Room at the Parkes Services Club Tickets:
15.00 per person. Phone Parkes Services Club 02 6862 1966 to book.
A Feast for the Eyes
Elvis Wall of Fame
Don't miss the Elvis Wall of Fame unveiling ceremony on Wednesday 8 January at 3pm at Bushman's Dam.
Here, you can get your very important Festival information and purchase an Elvis souvenir to take home. From those 'must have' Elvis wigs, sunglasses, scarves and all sorts of memorabilia left, right and centre to Priscilla wigs, sunglasses and eyelashes, you'll have a wide range to choose from at Elvis Central Store. In addition, there will be Festival memorabilia including shirts, hats, stubby holders, pens, among others waiting for you to take home.
This is the main highlight of Parks Elvis Festival held on Saturday 11 January from 10am. It is jam-packed with Elvis-tastic things: Elvis themed floats, Elvis and Priscilla look a likes, vintage and classic cars, motor bikes, marching bands, and heaps more. Secure your spot along Clarinda Street and enjoy this wonderful spectacle.
Head to Cooke Park to browse the markets for Elvis memorabilia to add to your collection at home, pick up some rock 'n roll gear and rock it out at the Festival and indulge in scrumptious eats and frosty brews. Open from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 January, these markets will give you plenty to take home.
Cars of the Era Show
This show held on Saturday 11 January from 11am on Short Street will have you blown away with a collection of gorgeous vintage vehicles featuring the large American style cars of the 50's, 60's and 70's as well as a variety of motor vehicles from the Elvis era and more. If you, however, own one of those vehicles, then register show them off!
A Taste of Talent
Rock'n'Roll Dance Competition
Slip on your dancing shoes and dance your way to Cooke Park to be in the running to become the rock 'n' roll king or queen. Come with your moves, or to watch the moves. Whatever you do, don't miss out! Register now and start practising your moves for Friday 9 & Saturday 10 January from 5pm.
If you can sing, dance or entertain, then here's your chance to become famous. Whatever talent you have, you can enter in the Elvis Busking Competition and perform along Clarinda Street. Bling trophies and fantastic prizes await the super stars so register now.
Are you the next Elvis?
Music to the Ears
Buckle up for the most spectacular Feature Concert showcasing Mark Andrew, who is guaranteed to delight audiences in his four shows throughout the Festival. This is definitely going to be the most amazing two hours of your life providing you with the biggest and the best Elvis concert.
This promises to be a knockout performance!
Friday 10th January at 8pm
Saturday 11th January at 2pm
Saturday 11th January at 8pm
Sunday 12th January at 2pm Where:
Parkes League Club Booking:
Via their website
Elvis Gospel Service
As one of the most popular events in the Festival program, the Elvis Gospel Service honours Elvis' very first love - gospel music. Commemorating Elvis through song and prayer, this is an interdenominational service which will move, inspire and enlighten you. Just turn up at the Big W undercover car park on Sunday 12 January at 8.30am.
Cooke Park Stage
From Friday 10 to Sunday 12 January, pop by the Cooke Park Stage for some fabulous tunes throughout the day featuring heaps of artists keeping revelers entertained and happy. In the evenings, hunker down and relax to tunes in the free evening music concert or jump up and dance like there's no tomorrow.
Dress to Impress
Dress to impress in your best Miss Priscilla outfit; in your best Miss Priscilla hairdo; or as your favourite character from Kissin' Cousins to Miss Priscilla Dinner and be in the running to win a fab prize. Are you the next Parks Elvis Festival Miss Priscilla?
Thursday 9th January commencing at 7.00pm Where:
Starlight Lounge at the Parkes Services Club Short Street Parkes Booking:
Via the website