Priscilla, queen of Parkes
THIS year more than ten thousand Elvis look-alikes and impersonators made the annual pilgrimage to the Parkes Elvis Festival to pay tribute to The King and celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday.
In the sea of wigs, white polyester and sequins, two sisters from Coutts Crossing donned the iconic Priscilla Presley eyeliner and hair.
As a reward for their efforts, Ruby, 17, and Erin, 13, Turnbull took out the senior and junior Priscilla look-alike competition.
There were 45 competitors and it was the first time ever two sisters took out the senior and junior Priscilla look-alike gongs.
The girls were in Parkes visiting their grandmother and decided to dress up and enter the competition for the fun of it.
The South Grafton High students returned to Grafton with sizable trophies and a family pass to Taronga Zoo.The King lives on:
- The Parkes Elvis Festival began in 1993. In its inaugural year the event attracted 200 visitors.
- By 2005 attendance had increased to 3500 people.
- In 2009 the five-day program featured more than 100 events and attracted 9500 Elvis fans.
- The population of Parkes doubles during the event.
- The festival is held during the second week of January every year to coincide with The King’s birthday.
The 2010 program lasted for five days and featured a dazzling array of more than 120 individual events.
Highlights of the 2010 program included the Mark Andrew Feature Concerts, the ever popular Elvis Gospel Church Service, the iconic Elvis Street Parade, the Crowning of Miss Priscilla, the Elvis Golf Day and Dinner, the Back to the Altar Wedding Ceremony and the inaugural Elvis Poets Breakfast.