Elvis Fest, YES! YES!

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes: Day 1

I absolutely loved The 2011 Elvis Festival for so many reasons. What an incredible, amazing, ridiculous, hilarious, demented event!

We left Sydney after spending some time Elvisifying the car.

2011 Elvis Festival, Parkes

Elvis towel, soft Elvis latex mask and Las Vegas pillow set the mood

P.NElvis drives the V4 super car to Parkes as Elvis dangles

We arrived in Parkes on Thursday afternoon and checked into Tent City, our deluxe accommodation which consisted of a tent in an open field surrounded by about 60 other tents with 50cm between them, cot beds and very skanky mattresses.

I suddenly felt an affinity for people living in refugee camps

P.NElvis was a little aback by the luxury set-up and suggested we find a motel room which we did. Then we hit the town to see the sights! And what sights did we see!

My first true life encounter with an Elvis Tribute Artists was at the Parkes Bowling club with this fellow Rick Gattenhoff…

Rick Gattenhoff at Parkes Elvis Festival

I don't think a balloon sculpture was the most appropriate back drop for Rick

Rick was also my first photo for the festival WITH a real life ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist)…

Rick Gattenhoff at Parkes Elvis Festival

JamElvis and P.NElvis swarming Rick Gattenhoff

It was now late (after 9pm in a country town). The $10 All You Can Eat Buffet at the bowlo was as unappealing as the $10 carvery at the Parkes Services Club, so we wandered down the main drag of Parkes and found the local Chinese restaurant was open and absolutely jumping with people…

JamElvis in Parkes' chinese restaurant

Lonesome Tonight: JamElvis in Parkes's Chong Hing Chinese restaurant

After our sumptuous meal we meandered up Clarinda St to see the Elvis action in the Royal Hotel which was having Col’s Karaoke…

Col Memphis Karaoke at Royal Hotel, Parkes

Our karaoke host for the evening, Col Memphis

We sang a few tunes…

JamElvis rendering Burning Love, Col looks on

JamElvis rendering Burning Love, Col looks on bemused

P.Nelvis lures the Elvis impersonators onto the dance floor

P.Nelvis lures the Elvis impersonators onto the dance floor

New lifelong friends are made

New lifelong friends are made

A cluster of Elvis imperonators propping up the Royal's bar

A cluster of Elvis impersonators propping up the Royal's bar

Phew. After much drinking, carousing and karaoke we head home to our single night of comfort.

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9 Responses to Elvis Fest, YES! YES!

  1. beaver says:

    what a fabulous shirt your new friend is wearing!

  2. gianni wise says:

    OMG where do I get on of them studded glow white jackets!?

  3. Sir says:

    Love all the Elvises… have fun JamElvis 🙂

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