By CRISTINA M. GARCIA
Special to the Parade
Expect many to don their white jumpsuit and blue suede shoes Saturday, Jan. 7 when the 19th semiannual Elvis Fest is on tap at Little Graceland in Los Fresnos.
Little Graceland is a small museum of sorts based on Elvis Presley’s famous home in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland.
Owned and operated by Simon Vega, Little Graceland hosts the festival twice a year, once in January when Elvis was born and at his time of death in August.
During this upcoming January event, there will be food, entertainers, and Elvis look-alikes for the public to enjoy, as it has been the case in past Elvis Fests. The impersonators will be performing under a tent, and – on occasion – Simon Vega opens his home to display Elvis memorabilia.
Alan Atherton of the Los Fresnos Chamber of Commerce said the event usually draws hundreds of spectators.
“Mostly, there’s almost like two shows,” he said. “From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. you’ll have a set of entertainers, and then there’ll be Pledge of Allegiance ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 61 from 2:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.”
Rep. Eddie Lucio III is also scheduled to be on-hand before the entertainers get back on stage, according to Atherton.
Slated to perform are Dixie Darlings, Asa Laundry, Luis Salazar Jr., Omar Aguilar, Domingo Carvajal, Chad Roy, George Corona, and Rene Davis. Closing out the show will be Joe Marquez.
As usual, this year’s festival will be held at Little Graceland, located on 701 W. Ocean Blvd., where Simon and his wife Teresa created the memorial dedicated to the King of Rock ‘n Roll.
Little Graceland will begin its semiannual festivities this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing into the evening until 8 p.m.
For more information, call (956) 551-2564 or (956) 551-2861.