Show Society welcomes hundreds of Elvis fans

Show Society volunteers, back - Bailey Jones, Kaye Bird (Show Society Secretary); front Bridget Lee (2015 Miss Showgirl) and Jacqui Simpson (2016 Miss Teenage Showgirl) greet visitors Faye Robertson and Maureen Man from Brisbane. Photo by Barbara Watt.
Show Society volunteers, back - Bailey Jones, Kaye Bird (Show Society Secretary); front Bridget Lee (2015 Miss Showgirl) and Jacqui Simpson (2016 Miss Teenage Showgirl) greet visitors Faye Robertson and Maureen Man from Brisbane. Photo by Barbara Watt.

Visitors to the Parkes Elvis Festival started arriving in town as early as last Friday, with the Show Society expecting more than three hundred people to fill up the grounds during the festival.  

Show Society Treasurer and site manager for the Elvis weekend, Chris Cole said the hiring of sites during the festival really helps fund upgrades for the Showground.

“We have been able to do the terracing work on the western side, build a new amenities block and do a lot of electrical work,” he said.

“A lot of the money we make during the festival goes back into the Showground.

“The demolition of the old pavilion has been approved, so we are trying to get some funds together to build a new one.”

Chris said caravans and campers of all descriptions from all over the country are staying at the Showground with every state represented.

“We have a half a dozen volunteers greeting visitors, booking them in and helping them find their sites,” he said. 

“They should all be booked in by Friday night.

“The thing we really notice is everyone is here for good time.

“We have entertainment every night and the biggest race meeting of the Parkes Harness Racing Club calendar on the Wednesday night.”