The event features a VIP dinner Saturday evening at 6 p.m., presented by the Porter County Special Olympics, with special guest Joe Esposito, widely regarded as Elvis’s closest confidant and friend. He was Elvis’s best man when the King married Priscilla Beaulieu, and it was Esposito who administered CPR to Elvis on Aug. 16, 1977. He has been a champion of the Elvis legacy and in 2006 wrote the memoir Remember Elvis.
“We’re really excited about bringing Joe Esposito to this year’s Elvis Fantasy Fest,” said Jason Sherry, president of Sherry Management, LLC. “This is a rare opportunity to meet Joe and gain some of his insight into the real Elvis. Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Ben Portsmouth will also give an electrifying performance Saturday night. And of course, everyone looks forward to the Elvis Tribute Artists competing throughout the weekend.”
Some of the world’s best Elvis Tribute Artists will compete for the chance to represent Indiana at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held during Elvis Week in Memphis. Other highlights include the Elvis Gospel Music Contest Sunday, Oct. 13, and parties each night where fans can mingle with the tribute artists.
Every Elvis Tribute Festival crowns a champion from among the many ETAs that enter the contest. The winner will represent the Festival at the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Championship, which is produced by Elvis Presley Enterprises and held in Memphis, Tenn., each August during Elvis Week.
Fans will gather Sunday night for the traditional wrap party held at all Elvis festivals, sharing their best memories of the weekend.
Portage is just 30 minutes away from the Chicago area and also within easy driving distance of the Fort Wayne area. For complete information about the event and to buy tickets, call the Elvis Festival Hotline at 888-406-5885 or visit http://www.elvisfantasyfest.com/
About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. – Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), a division of CORE Media Group, Inc., is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.elvis.com.
About the ElvisFestival.com Series of Events – The ElvisFestival.com series of events is produced by Sherry Management, LLC, under a licensing agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Festivals include the LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival, the Las Vegas Elvis Festival, the Sao Paulo, Brazil, Elvis Festival, the Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival and the Elvis Fantasy Fest in Portage, Indiana.