Collingwood Elvis Festival back for 24th year this weekend

Are you ready to shake, rattle and roll?

The Elvis Festival returns for its 24th year from July 27-29 and will see hundreds of tribute artists and thousands of fans descend on Collingwood to celebrate the king of rock n’ roll.

The festival will feature three days of performances at various venues in Collingwood as well as Blue Mountain Village.

The annual competition kicks off at 1 p.m. on July 27 at the centre stage on Hurontario Street between First and Second streets.

The annual street party will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. on Hurontario Street.

There will be three performances at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena throughout the weekend.

The first takes place at 11 a.m. on July 28 and will see the top 30 tribute artists compete in the semi finals as well as a showcase of past grand champions of the event.

The signature event of the festival takes is called Elvis United and takes place at the Eddie Bush Arena at 8 p.m.

The show will feature youth champion Connor Russo, Brycen Katolinsky, former Ultimate Elvis champion Dean Z and 2017 grand champion Gordon Hendricks.

The final event in the Eddie Bush Arena will be the grand finals at 2 p.m. on July 29 and will see the crowning of the 2018 grand champion.

Tribute artists John and Mason Cigan will be giving people an opportunity to express their inner Elvis as they host an open mic session at the inner Elvis stage near Third Street at 11 a.m., on each day of the event.

On July 28, OLG Spotlight Showcase takes place at centre stage at noon, featuring past champions Jesse Aron, Bruce Andrew Stewart, Corny Rempel and Norm Ackland Jr.

Elvis historian and blues performer Memphis Jones will be performing with his band at Blue Mountain Village at 5 p.m. on July 28.

There will also be a host of performances at local restaurants and businesses throughout the weekend as well as the vendor market in downtown Collingwood. For more information, visit .

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