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Tupelo Elvis Festival 2019
The 21st Annual Tupelo Elvis Festival  June 5 - 9, 2019!
The Tupelo Elvis Festival is a celebration designed to honor Tupelo’s native son, Elvis Presley, and the impact his music continues to have on the world.
Tupelo: Some say it all started in January 1946 with a guitar, others will claim it began on Sept. 9, 1956 on “The Ed Sullivan Show” but in Tupelo all agree that the real important date is Jan. 8, 1935.
That’s what the Tupelo Elvis Festival is all about, celebrating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the 21st annual event kicks off Wednesday with activities for fans of both Elvis and music in general.
For the Elvis enthusiasts, there’s the annual Elvis Tribute Artist competition at the BancorpSouth Arena, featuring 18 performers vying to be the “Ultimate”.
For others there is live music at Fairpark – the site where Elvis returned to Tupelo for his 1956 Homecoming concert at the Mississippi/Alabama Fair and Dairy Show Fairgrounds.
Friday June 7 is a highlight with
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition, round one – 10 a.m. at BancorpSouth Arena
Conversations with Tom Brown – 2 p.m. at Lyric Theater. - Tom talks with Dick Grob, Elvis’ head of security and other guests Marion Cocke, Sam Thompson, Charles Stone, Lowell Hays, & Scott Williams
- Elvis concerts – 6 pm. at BancorpSouth Arena
Plus Paul Thorn and more, live in concert – 6:30 p.m. at Fairpark a free event with performances from A.C. Freeman, Memphis Jones and Reed Turchi and his Kudzu Choir.
Elvis’ Boyhood Friend Guy Harris Honoured
The Elvis Presley Birthplace Memorial Foundation honored Guy Harris with a bench on the birthplace property.
For those of you who have been to the birthplace, hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to meet Guy Harris. Guy and Elvis were childhood friends, and Guy has been a great friend to the Elvis Presley Birthplace giving of his time to meet with many visitors and groups and telling the stories of Elvis’s early days that he witnessed firsthand.
A friend to us all, we thank Guy for all that he does for us and all the Elvis fans. Congratulations!