The Parkes Elvis Festival will return in top gear next April thanks to $160,000 in funding from the NSW Government.
“The NSW Regional Events Acceleration Fund will help next year’s Parkes Elvis Festival deliver a bigger program of events, inspired by the 1968 movie classic Speedway,” said Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Sam Farraway MLC.
Parkes Elvis Festival Director Cathy Treasure is very excited about the funding that will go towards theming around Speedway.
“We have some fabulous things planned including a Speedway car show, a specially themed opening concert and a themed disability viewing platform in Cooke Park.”
She said the funding enabled them to bring new styles of entertainment to the festival. “We are very happy to be part of the program to bring back big events.”
Cathy said the reaction to the new date of the festival had been overwhelmingly positive. “We have been able to sell to a new target market. The reaction has just been brilliant.”
The multi-award-winning Parkes Elvis Festival was moved from its traditional date in early January to coincide with Elvis’ birthday, to 20-24 April next year because of the COVID situation.