Festival just right - heat just wrong

THE 2013 Elvis Festival has yet again proven itself to be a winner, despite heat that could have dropped a bull.

While there were plenty of Dubbo faces seen at the event over the five- day celebration of all that was Elvis, it appeared numbers were down slightly over last year.

Where the parade line-up had been four rows deep in previous years, it was noted in many locations along the bunting, to be far less.

It's hardly surprising when temperatures were predicted to hit over 43 degrees, but rather decently only peaked about 42.

Still, when you are sporting nylon pantyhose, rubber Elvis heads and bedazzled polyester pantsuits, every degree of heat will be magnified tenfold.

A crew from the Daily Liberal attended and we took our hats off - sequined as they were - to the efforts of not only parade participants, but also those in attendance who frocked up just as much.

A standout for us was noticing the festival seemed to attract a large number of families and teens as well as the anticipated oldies.

Dads, mums and kids of all ages, down to babies in prams, were also sequined-up and smiling through the heat haze.

It's a rare festival or event that can appeal to family members decades apart.

But that's the beauty of Elvis. His appeal spans generations and Parkes has pulled off another great event which only enhances the festival's reputation year after year.

The only complaint we have, collectively, is the time of year it's held.

It's too hot Parkes. Turn down the heat or move it to March.

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