Elvis tribute artists descend on Lake George

While she's had the tattoo only six years, Harrington has a long-term relationship with Elvis.

The youngest of nine children, she heard his music from the cradle. As a toddler and throughout her youth, she shared a bedroom with her eldest sister, a devoted Elvis fan. Since then, Harrington has collected Presley memorabilia including one of his famous scarves, and a karate patch.

Harrington's been attending the Lake George Elvis Festival since it was launched, she said.

"I love this event - I just can't let Elvis die," she said. "He will always be in my heart, and these tribute artists here keep it real."

Harrington and Bardelli weren't the only fans for whom Elvis worship was a family affair.

Sisters Cindy Jenkins and Tammy LeClaire of Fort Ann brought four other family members to the festival, and they were gyrating to the beat of one artist after another at Thursday's preview concert.

Rod Stewart impersonator Steve Bobbitt of Peoria Illinois paid this group special attention as he sang Stewart's signature song "Stay With Me" to a crowd that was aghast at his striking similarity to the pop idol.

Bobbitt shook outstretched hands, and crooned within inches of beaming women's faces, and occasionally sat in several of their laps as he sang in a gravelly voice and pranced through the crowd.

"Thesae tribute artists love to perform, and they are very friendly - We love them," LeClaire said after Bobbitt sang to her and her relatives.

After his performance, Bobbitt talked about the exuberance of the fans at the Lake George event. Bobbitt is a full-time Rod Stewart impersonator, performing in Costa Rica, Seattle, Chicago and Vegas with his backup band.

"Rod Stewart doesn't have the most melodic voice, but he loves the people and I like to get the audience involved as he does," Bobbitt said.

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