My first experience of the Parkes Elvis Festival was about eight years ago. I did not attend because I am an Elvis fan, I had moved here with my family five months earlier.
Seeing people having so much fun in jumpsuits in almost 40 degree heat was one of the strangest sights I had ever encountered. It was just bizarre, and very entertaining at the same time.
The wacky edge has since worn off a bit for me, but I will always relish the prevailing feel good vibe that filters into every corner of our town diffused by the thousands of visitors who cannot stop smiling and having a good time.
This year in particular the atmosphere of congeniality is going to serve a special purpose to help those affected by the severe drought in our community to help them get some release from their daily stress.
Elvis Presley said: “I believe the key to happiness is: someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.”
Whether you are here for the first time or your 26th time, the aim is to have as much fun as possible as long as everyone around you is also enjoying themselves. We have a special issue packed with information, so enjoy the read and follow us on Facebook. You might just spot yourself! Have a memorable 27th Parkes Elvis Festival!