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KING OF THE ROAD: The theme for next year's Parkes Elvis Festival will be Speedway.

KING OF THE ROAD: The theme for next year's Parkes Elvis Festival will be Speedway.

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The Parkes Elvis Festival from April 20-24, 2022, will have a Speedway theme.

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The NSW Central West is revving up as excitement builds for the Parkes Elvis Festival in April.

Next year's theme is Speedway, dedicated to Elvis's 1968 hit about a race car driver with a heart of gold. The King-sized program is jam-packed with more than 200 Elvis and speedway-inspired events.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in theme... think go-go dancing girls, overalls, racing suits, and red, white and blue.

Australian tribute artist Mark Anthony will stage a one-off special Speedway Show to celebrate the theme. And Speedway child star Victoria Paige Meyerlink with appear in a virtual Q&A session.

Much-loved festival favourites the Northparkes Mines Street Parade, Renewal of Vows Ceremony, free Cooke Park Main Stage entertainment and Elvis Gospel Service will return.

New to the 2022 festival will be a Speedway Exhibit of rare and classic race cars, meet-and-greet racing stars and virtual reality simulators.

A Pin-Up Pageant will be hosted over three days for rockabilly and vintage fashion lovers.

Sons of Sun is a wild rock and roll play about Sun Records, featuring songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison.

The festival will also see Australian music legend Brian Cadd inducted to the Wall of Fame, while Australian country music artist Adam Harvey will present the Elvis Country Special.

Accommodation options are available, including camping and caravanning in Parkes and surrounding towns.

Parkes Elvis Festival, April 20-24, 2022.

For full details and event bookings, click HERE

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