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Michigan Elvisfest Returns To Ypsilanti

Jul 11, 2014

It may be 35 years since his death, but Elvis fans still flock to a wide variety of events celebrating the "King." Outside of Graceland the place to be this weekend is the 15th annual Michigan Elvisfest in Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.  

Credit Michigan Elvisfest

Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Tim Colbeck says the mix of events in Depot Town across the summer brings positive attention to the community.  He says Elvisfest in particular attracts thousands of people to enjoy the city's restaurants and shops.  Many of these visitors come from across the country as they follow award winning Elvis inspired acts.

This year's Elvisfest will include a tribute concert, impersonators, a candlelight vigil to mark Presley's death, and a classic car show.  The event starts Friday afternoon and is also a fundraiser for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and S-O-S Community Services.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.