PORTAGE | They'll be a whole lot of shakin' and fundraising going on in mid-October as Elvis Presley fans gather once again to celebrate the King of Rock ’n' Roll.
They'll also be raising money for the Porter County Special Olympics, a beneficiary of the event's three-day run.
The 21st annual Elvis FANtasy Fest will be held Oct. 11-13 at the Woodland Park Community Building, 2100 Willowcreek Road.
This year’s theme is "My Happiness" in honor of the record Elvis paid to cut at the famed Sun Studio in 1953.
EFF celebrates the happiness Elvis brought people through his music and the happiness he brought to many through his charitable efforts.
Special guest at the festival is Elvis’ road manager and friend, Joe Esposito. Esposito met Elvis Presley in the U.S. Army. In 1960, when both were discharged, he accepted Elvis's offer of a job, becoming one of the "Memphis Mafia," the inner circle of friends and employees who went everywhere with Presley until his death in 1977.
Fans will have the opportunity to visit with Esposito over the weekend, and he will host the Saturday night dinner provided by the Porter County Special Olympics.
Also appearing at the festival will be Sandra Falcetta, a fan who published her memories, "Dear Diary: an Elvis Fan Remembers."
The event also will include a qualifier for Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest along with three headliner shows.
Last year’s contest winner, David Allen, will be back, along with previous EFF and world champions Ted Torres and Dwight Icenhower and Ben Portsmouth.
The "Jukebox Live" show on Saturday will feature Icenhower as Elton John; Irv Cass as Tom Jones; Torres as Rick Nelson; Steve Bobbit as Rod Stewart and David Allen as Elvis.
Elvis memorabilia will be available, and there will be an auction to benefit Porter County Special Olympics.
Visit the festival's website at www.elvisfantasyfest.com for more information, a full schedule and ticket information.