THE inaugural Hunter Elvis Festival has left fans of the King so shook up that organisers have already locked in dates for 2015.
Lesley Faulkner, marketing manager of host venue Club Macquarie, said Elvis enthusiasts hadn’t been able to help falling in love with the three day program, which organisers spent more than a year devising.
‘‘The feedback has been amazing,’’ Ms Faulkner said.
‘‘We’ve had people aged in their 20s right up to their 80s come from as far away as Sydney and Coffs Harbour and a lot of them are Parkes [Elvis Festival] regulars.
‘‘They say that it took Parkes a long time to take it to the level where it is now but that we’ve had a great start and have hit the benchmark straight up.
‘‘The 36 rooms in our Macquarie Inn were fully booked and we had guests talking about booking their accommodation for next year when they were checking out.’’
The event kicked off on Friday with about 60 people attending Big Al’s karaoke.
More than 300 people visited Lost In The 50’s museum at Cameron Park on Saturday, before watching Sheryl Scharkie win the Elvis Tribute Artists competition as ShElvis and Wayne Cooper perform his Sincerely Elvis show for about 200.
It came to a close on Sunday, with Big Al’s karaoke, rockabilly dancers, a best dressed competition, a show and shine show with about 40 classic cars as well as 60 market stalls selling memorabilia.
‘‘Elvis has captivated lots of generations and the 50s were such a great time with the music and the dancing, you can’t help but be drawn in,’’ Ms Faulkner said.
Mr Cooper wasn’t left lonesome at last night’s final concert for about 170, joined by fellow tribute artists Al Wright, Carmine Cimilio and Ms Scharkie.
The Hunter Elvis Festival will be held next year on October 30, October 31 and November 1.