Elvis FANtasy Fest in Portage, Oct. 12-14
By Kay Lipps
Elvis FANtasy Fest
Dick Grob and Sam Thompson, members of Elvis Presley’s security team, will be special guests at the 20th annual Elvis FANtasy Fest, scheduled for Oct. 12-14, 2012, at the Woodland Park Community Building in Portage, Indiana. Grob and Thompson will relate stories of how they met the famed Rock ‘n’ Roll King and how they protected him as he toured throughout the United States during the 1970’s.
The Elvis FANtasy Fest is a fund raiser for the Porter County Special Olympics and a dream weekend for anyone who enjoys the music of Elvis Presley, collects Elvis memorabilia or would like to join a local fan club. Licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, the weekend will include a qualifying contest for the 2013 Ultimate® Tribute Artist Contest which to be held in Memphis, TN during the annual Elvis Tribute week next August. Over 20 tribute artists will perform with Chicago’s Change of Habit Show Band for $2500 in prizes and the chance to represent EFF in Memphis.
Former winners of the Elvis FANtasy Fest will perform concerts on both Friday and Saturday evening. Award winning tribute artists Irv Cass, Doug Church, Quentin Flagg, Stephen Kabakas, Rick Saucedo and Robert Washington will recreate all eras of Presley’s illustrious career. The talented tribute artists will also create a Rock ‘n’ Roll legends show on Friday night will feature performance recreating Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, James Brown and of course, Elvis performing all eras of his career. Special appearance of the Blues Brothers is guaranteed to bring the house down!
Highlight of the weekend will be the twenty Elvis Tributes Artists competing to qualify for the 2013 Elvis Presley Enterprise Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest to be held in Memphis, TN during Elvis Week in August. Some of the best ETAs as they are called will face off to gain a position for the coveted crown awarded in Memphis by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
There will be auction items, door prizes, food and games available all weekend. The volunteer base come from the Special Olympics parents as they work together with the organizers of the event to raise money for their sport programs and teams for the Porter County Special Olympians.
Tickets available at the door – children under 12 are free. Special Olympians who wear their team shirt are invited to attend at no charge.
Doors open Friday night at 5:30 pm for a dinner/concert and free sock hop. 10 am on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.elvisfantasyfest.com/, or call 219-926-2255.