Elvis Fest breaks records

LAKE GEORGE Organizers of the fifth annual Lake George Elvis Festival said Tuesday the event was a resounding success as it brought more than 4,000 spectators to Lake George last weekend to celebrate the life and music of the King of Rock and Roll. This years festival was our most successful to date, Festival Director Jason Sherry said, thanking the staff members who worked through the weekend. The Lake George Elvis Festival is definitely on the map now as one of the world's largest Elvis festivals. During the expanded four-day event, which featured two Vegas-style shows and Elvis events throughout the Village of Lake George, more than 60 renowned Elvis tribute Artists took the stage to vie for $8,000 in prize money and their chance to compete at the 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest held in Memphis this August. Among the tribute artist talent pool were six local hopefuls, who competed in the festival's six categories. Local top finishers included: Joe Ramsey of Glens Falls/Saratoga Springs, first place, Fans Choice Award, Professional (Elvis late years); Drew Polsun - Scotia, Third Place, Non-Professional (late years); Matthew Boyce of Saratoga Springs, Third Place Youth. A panel comprising musicians, music professors, Elvis fan club presidents, radio and television personalities, writers, and performing arts teachers judged this year's contest. Representing the Lake George Elvis Festival at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition in Memphis this August during Elvis Week will be Gino Monopoli from Toronto, Canada. Monopoli won the 2004 Worlds Finest Elvis competition in Las Vegas and was also crowned the 2003 Canadian National Champion. This years festival showcased the best local and international Elvis tribute artist talent to date, added Sherry. We are proud of the great local representation and thrilled with the growing national and international talent were able to attract each year. Its these artists who really make the festival such as success.

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