1 for the money: Mississippi’s hometown celebrates Elvis

TUPELO, Mississippi (AP) — Elvis Presley’s hometown in Mississippi plans to welcome tourists from around the world to celebrate its rock ‘n’ roll legacy.

The 24th Tupelo Elvis Festival takes place Wednesday through June 12, Northeast Mississippi Daily newspaper reported.

“Apart from the pride of our most favorite native son, I think people enjoy everything that comes with the Tupelo Elvis Festival, and all visitors to the city love coming to experience the festivities,” said Lucia Randle, Executive Director of Tupelo Main. Street association.

People will dress in their finest leather outfits or rhinestone-studded jumpsuits to compete for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of Tupelo. The winner will compete in Memphis, Tennessee during Elvis Week in August for the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.

Presley was born in 1935 in Tupelo and died in 1977 in Memphis.

The Tupelo Elvis Festival includes a competition for young people. Main Street marketing and community outreach co-ordinator Dalton Russell said Youth Day began due to renewed interest in Elvis among younger generations.

“We started it in 2019 and had great turnout,” Russell said. “Maybe one day they will become Elvis tribute artists.”

The Tupelo Festival will end with a gospel concert.

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