It’s time to rock ‘n’ roll for the 25th anniversary of the Parkes Elvis Festival. Thousands of visitors arrived ahead of
the weekend festivities, with record visitation numbers expected. As you make your way to and from the Festival, please drive carefully and be vigilant on the roads. On Sunday we celebrated The King’s birthday at the official launch of Elvis Central. Bob and Anne Steel, the founders of the Festival, cut the Elvis cake. Elvis Central, the official outlet for festival merchandise and souvenirs, is at 203 Clarinda Street in the heart of the Festival Boulevard.
All proceeds go directly to the festival allowing it to grow and improve each year. With temperatures expected to peak in the 40’s today, I encourage all festival-goers to keep hydrated and to slip, slop and slap. Escape the heat at the Heatbreak Hotels located along the festival boulevard. These hydration zones will help you cool off. Be sure to secure your piece of history with an official souvenir program, calendar and the festival’s 25th Anniversary DVD ‘This is Our Story’, all available from the Parkes Information Centre, Elvis Central, Council’s Administration Building and other businesses. These are great keepsakes to take home to show family and friends how much fun you had. Free festival pocket guides are also available throughout town to help you plan your itinerary so you don’t miss a thing!
Finally, a big thank you to our dedicated volunteers, valued sponsors and supporters, Elvis Revival Incorporated, local businesses, community members and Parkes Shire Council staff for all their hard work in making this year’s festival the biggest and best one yet.
Thankyer, thankyer very much.
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire