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Fans cheer Presley pretenders at Elvis Fest

Sherry said this new aspect of the Elvis Fest was immensely popular.

"We had phenomenal feedback from the fans," he said.

Saturday started off with the Elvis Classic Car Parade extending from Lake George village to Lake Luzerne and Painted Pony Ranch. Saturday afternoon included three afternoon cruises on Lake George Steamboat Company's Minne-Ha-Ha with an Elvis tribute artist onboard. These two days ended "Elvis After Hours" parties, Friday at the Boardwalk Restaurant, and Saturday at Neptune's Pub.

Saturday, Elvis tribute artists performed in venues and restaurants scattered through the area, including at Blais Park and Shepard Park, the Boardwalk Restaurant, Adirondack Pub & Brewery, King Neptune's Pub, Bella Luna, and Pavilion Park in Lake Luzerne.

Sunday featured an Elvis-inspired Gospel Concert at 10 a.m. at the Painted Pony Ranch. A lineup of tribute artists was onstage singing Elvis' gospel hits. The event was sponsored by the Adirondack Journal and Denpubs.com, and donations for the United Way were collected.

Elvis competition finals were held Sunday. Winning the Overall 2009 Elvis Tribute Artist championship title was Kevin Mills of Richmond Hill Ontario, and he will be representing the Lake George Elvis Fest in the international competition set for Memphis.

In the May 28 performance, fans cheered the Elvis Fest's new feature of additional tribute artists, experiencing the exotic gyrations and soaring voice of Irv Cass of Fenton Michigan as Tom Jones, and the raspy voice and spiked hair of Steve Bobbitt of Peoria Illinois as Rod Stewart.

Bobbitt wandered through the Shepard Park crowd, singing Stewart's version of Sam Cook's Havin' a Party while people were taken aback by Bobbitt's striking similarity to Stewart, and his mastery of Stewart's mannerisms.

After the show, one audience member gasped, saying that Bobbitt looked more like Rod Stewart than Stewart himself did. Backstage, Bobbitt remarked that when he arrived at Albany Airport, a group travelers at the baggage claim spontaneously broke into a chorus of the classic Stewart hit "Maggie May."

"A woman there looked at me and walked straight into a closed door," he said with a Stewart-esque smirk.

Sherry has planned a similar Elvis Festival for Labor Day weekend in Manchester, NH.

Details on the event are available on www.ElvisFests.com.

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