Postcards from Australia

Parkes Elvis Festival, 2016.

Elvis Festival Fun in AcapulcoAs a child, I grew up on Elvis music and my family knew a guy who wanted to be an Elvis impersonator. When he came over to visit, he would sing for us and even made up his own songs; so when Elvis died, our family were in mourning.

On a whim, for the start of 2016, my family and I made our first visit to the Parkes Elvis Festival. It has been held every year since it began back in 1993, and coincides with Elvis’s birthday on 8 January. This is in the middle of summer here in Australia, which is why I have been putting it off for so long even though I don’t live that far away.

Every year has a different theme and this year was ‘Fun in Acapulco’. With so much to see, this year we only took in the markets and the street parade.

Here come the Elvii….

Here Come the Elvii

American Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards was there with this years Miss Priscilla.

Donny Edwards and Miss Priscilla

There was also a Las Vegas Showgirl.

Las Vegas Showgirl

New Zealand Elvis impersonator Brendon Chase, believed to be one of the best in the business was also there in a rather impressive looking limo.

Brendon Chase Elvis

One of the highlights of the street parade was this Kiwi Elvis doing the haka.

Kiwi Elvis

Even the law was getting in on the act.

Police Escort 2

The festival was a lot of fun and it certainly managed to freak my kids out! And just for the record, no I did not see the Elvis impersonator I knew during my childhood. But, I’m sure I’ll be going back again. It’s well worth a visit.

Are you an Elvis fan? Have you seen an Elvis tribute artist? Have you visited Parkes for the Elvis Festival or visited Graceland? What have you been doing to kick off 2016?

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Images by Debbie Johansson.

Postcards from Australia

Photo Friday – ‘Confusion’.

This week’s Photo Friday will be a little different.  Fellow campaigner, Susanna Leonard Hill has started something different on her blog.  A theme will be posted every week, so that others can place a photo representing that theme on their own blogs.  As she’s a children’s writer, the photos need to be kept in a range appropriate for 0-12 year olds.

As this week’s theme is ‘Confusion’, I didn’t have to search far amongst my photo collection.  A few years ago, I went to the Mulga Bill Bicycle Festival at Yeoval.  This was once the home of famous Australian poet Banjo Patterson, better known for his poem The Man from Snowy River.

The confusion?  Well, along the road as we got closer to the town, we encountered things like this:-

Somebody obviously went to a lot of effort for the day’s bike ride (you certainly wouldn’t be seeing me doing this).  And it certainly can create a bit of havoc when you’re the one driving!

Fortunately on the day I was honoured to meet the legendary Australian actor Jack Thompson.  I’d also show you photos of me with him, but unfortunately, my husband couldn’t work my camera! 🙂

Image by Debbie Johansson.