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Worth the Drive:
This festival is fit for the King

Tupelo, Miss., rolls out the red carpet in June for musicians and fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The 15th annual Tupelo Elvis Festival is a musical celebration that honors this northeastern Mississippi town’s favorite son, Elvis Presley, who was born there on Jan. 8, 1935.

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An Elvis tribute artist at a previous Tupelo Elvis Festival. Tupelo CVB

Local, regional, and national musicians will perform during the event, June 6–9, and a Sunday Gospel brunch also is planned. But the Tribute Artist Contest is the big draw, which begins June 7 and wraps up June 8. The festival’s best tribute artist will be chosen to travel to Memphis in August for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute at Graceland. Competition begins Aug. 14 with the final round set for Aug. 17.

In addition to the music, the festival offers food, a carnival midway, a pet parade, a 5K run, disc golf, and a beauty pageant. The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer a Shuttle to Elvis on June 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that takes in Tupelo Hardware, where Presley’s mother, Gladys, bought her son his first guitar; Tupelo Automobile Museum, where a 1976 Lincoln Mark IV–a gift from Presley to Jerry Kennedy of Denver’s police force–is on view; and the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. Presley and his family lived in Tupelo for 13 years before heading to Memphis. The rest of the story is, well, history.

For more information about the festival and its schedule, visit Visitor information is available at

May/Jun 2013 Issue

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