The NSW town of Parkes will be dishing up one of the most popular events on the novelty performance calendar, CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival The King is back in town

 

In one of the most popular events on the novelty performance calendar, the NSW town of Parkes will be dishing up far more than telecommunications in January. 

Celebrate the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s birthday at the annual CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival from January 7 to 11 – when around 8000 fans converge on the NSW town to party Elvis-style.

It’s been 32 years since Elvis left the building, but record crowds are expected at more than 120 events, including the Elvis Gospel Church Service, a Street Parade and the “TransTank Miss Priscilla Dinner & Big Hair Competition”.

There’ll also be a “Keno Feature Concert” starring Mark Andrew, a chance to renew your wedding vows at “Back to the Altar” and plenty of impersonators.

Forget the trek to Graceland. Parkes has its own hound dog – resident Elvis Lennox, who changed his name by deed poll, seen here posing in front of Parkes’ other icon, The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope.

Shooting to stardom as the set for the hit Aussie flick The Dish, Parkes is a tourist destination in its own right. Home to the dish used by NASA during the Apollo program, it helped transmit the first images of man on the moon.

Fans of the film’s quirky characters won’t be surprised to see the influx of Elvis lovers at this fun event. There might even be a game of cricket or two . . .

For more info, contact the Parkes Visitor Information Centre on 1800 624 365 or visit www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au

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