What did you love about the Parkes Elvis Festival?
Ian Thomas: Sydney: It is my first time at the festival and it is really good. The big group of Priscillas in the parade were something. I want to come back next year with my big Harley Davidson and take part in the parade.
Rupert King: New Zealand: It is my first time here and I took part in the busking competition as well as the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The parade was just wonderful– so very, very awe- some. It is hard to pick a favourite. I will definitely be back next year. I love the nostalgia.
Dawn Dunning, Gail Pickles and Ailsa Grant: sisters from Newcastle and Kiama: This has been fantastic, but we’re all absolutely exhausted. The Gospel Service was the stand-out event. It’s so hard to do that well, and it was just superb. We came two years ago, and if we’re still alive next year we’ll definitely come again. We’ll have to start planning our outfits.
Garry and Trisha Packham: Ballina NSW: This is our first year. We love the music, obviously. The festival is just so well organised – there’s so much good food, and the atmosphere is great. We’ve been married 46 years. We’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas to renew our vows there for our 40th anniversary but life just got in the way, so it was wonderful to do it in Parkes.
Alfred Vas: Denistone NSW (aka The Raja or Bollywood Elvis): I had a blast, it was extraordi- nary, just so full of love and peace. Parkes was so welcoming. It’s great to see everyone just getting out and having fun. This is not just the best Elvis festival in the world, it’s the best in the Universe! I’ve been to the festival six times, but this is my first time dressing up. I’m definitely coming back next year – it’s become a part of me now.
Andy Swinfield: Gold Coast QLD:This was our first time at the festival. It exceeded our expecta- tions. The train was a bonus, it really made the trip. The Ultimate Elvis was a highlight – those guys were fantastic, and I’ve also loved seeing the Mayor getting into it. I’m not a very big Elvis fan, but have become a bit of a convert. we’ve already booked in for next year!