2020 Parkes Elvis Festival program announced

The program for the 28th annual 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival has been announced and it's certainly one fit to honour the memory of the king of rock and roll.

Since going on sale on Monday, tickets are selling quickly for a packed program featuring more than 200 Elvis-themed events.

US Elvis tribute artist Dean Z has been announced as the 2020 Feature Artist and Joe Camilleri will be inducted on the Parkes Elvis Festival Wall of Fame.

Australia's most decorated country artist, Adam Harvey, will perform a tribute to Elvis' country music hits, and making his long-awaited return to Parkes Elvis Festival, Australia's leading Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Anthony will present his dynamic show ELVIS - A Legendary Performer.

The Festival theme is based around the 1966 Elvis film Frankie and Johnny, a classic Elvis hit where The King played a Mississippi riverboat performer with a weakness for gambling.

Festival Director, Cathy Treasure said the movie features card sharks, casinos, a masked ball and theatrical costumes

"The Festival is expecting to witness one of the most colourful events in history," she said.

"Frankie and Johnny was a wonderfully fun film full of amazing costumes so we're expecting our attendees to have a lot of fun with it."

Cathy said the 2020 program is bigger and better than ever.

"We've collected some of the country's top artists for a series of standout shows and Dean Z is arguably one of the world's best Elvis Tribute Artists so his concert series is sure to impress," she said.

The program also features a slew of returning favourites including Northparkes Mines Street Parade, Renewal of Vows Ceremony, Goodsell Machinery Miss Priscilla Dinner free ARTC Cooke Park Main Stage Entertainment and Elvis Gospel Service.

"There's also a bunch of great highlights, family focused activities, outdoor markets, special performances and much more."

The Parkes Little Theatre will open its doors to a variety of shows, a range of exciting workshops for young and old will be available, Mark Andrew will perform his Grease Show on the ARTC Main Stage with special guest Shelly Minson as Sandy.

Elvis tribute artists from Australia and abroad will once again battle it out in the preliminary round of the international Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest for the chance to compete in Memphis, USA, during Elvis Week in August.

Elvis Express and Blue Suede Express regional train services will once again be bringing hundreds of visitors wanting to arrive in style to the Festival, with sleeper carriages being used as accommodation for the first time.

Each year, hundreds of travelers in bejeweled jumpsuits and poodle skirts converge on Sydney's Central Station for a morning of live entertainment before hopping aboard the luxury trains where they are serenaded by top Elvis Tribute Artists all the way to Parkes.

You can also fly to the Festival on the Regional Express Hound Dog Express where you can enjoy drinks and Elvis style entertainment in the REX Lounge at Sydney Airport.

From Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 January, the 2020 Parkes Elvis Festival will see over 27,000 people make the annual pilgrimage for the biggest tribute to The King in the Southern Hemisphere.

All you need to know about the festival and tickets to all shows are available online now at www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au

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