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Rhyse Forrestal and Chris Spicer dancing up a storm near Elvis Central in Parkes

CURRAJONG Disability Services participants have enjoyed a great start to the Parkes Elvis Festival.

While numbers are expected to be down on previous years due to the bush fire crisis engulfing much of Australia, it hasn’t stopped everyone from locals to die-hards making the annual pilgrimage to The King’s Australian spiritual home – Parkes.

For Rhyse Forrestal of Currajong, it is one of the best times of the year to live in Parkes.

“I love the Elvis Festival and what it does for Parkes,” Rhyse said.

“It does so much for the town financially and socially.

“Besides, who doesn’t love Elvis?”

While it may have been more than 40 years since Elvis Presley left the building this week he’s back and Rhyse isn’t the only one excited.

John Carey of Currajong has been a lifelong dedicated Elvis fan and thoroughly enjoys the week.

“I love Elvis!” he said.

“I like him nearly as much as Johnny Cash.

“Elvis was more than music,” he said.

This year’s Parkes Elvis Festival kicked off on the King’s birthday, January 8, and all we can say is be prepared to be entertained.

Parkes is ready and waiting to welcome an estimated 27,000 Elvis fans this week for the festival which runs until Sunday.

This year’s theme is the 1966 Elvis film Frankie and Johnny, a classic Elvis hit where The King played a Mississippi riverboat performer with a weakness for gambling.

Now it’s time to put on your Blue Suede Shoes, bring along your Hound Dog and strap yourself in for a jam-packed five-day program of events.