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Viva Parkes-Vegas!

8 Jan 2015, 06:03 UTC
Viva Parkes-Vegas!
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Originally posted on News @ CSIRO:When stars collide: Elvis meets The Dish By Glen Nagle The town of Parkes, NSW – home of our infamous Parkes Radio Telescope – has slipped on its Blue Suede Shoes. In the second week of January each year, Parkes marks the birthday of Elvis Presley with a massive festival celebrating…

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Originally posted on News @ CSIRO:

When stars collide: Elvis meets The Dish

By Glen Nagle

The town of Parkes, NSW – home of our infamous Parkes Radio Telescope – has slipped on its Blue Suede Shoes.

In the second week of January each year, Parkes marks the birthday of Elvis Presley with a massive festival celebrating everything Elvis. It started over 20 years ago as a one-day get together of just a few hundred fans. In 2015, the festival has grown to cover a week of events, shows, parades and exhibits and over 15,000 visitors more than doubling the town’s population.

Along with one of the largest collections of Elvis memorabilia on permanent display at the Henry Parkes Visitor Centre (donated by Wiggles performer, Greg Page), the Parkes Elvis Festival is one of the town’s major icons.

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