Elvis© Lives in Tweed, Ontario! August 22-24, 2014
The small town of Tweed has embraced what started as a joke and over the years, has become a rumour among Elvis fans – that Elvis was not dead but living in Tweed, Ontario. The story was written up in the Globe & Mail in the 80s, very tongue in cheek, but it has become a sort of urban legend.
Licensed with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. since 2011, the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival is recognized by Festivals & Events Ontario as one of 100 top Festivals in Ontario, a distinction that the volunteers work hard to achieve each festival. The non-profit event is partially funded by generous sponsors including Ontario Marketing Partnership
(TEMPP), the Toronto-Dominion Bank, the Tweed Legion, Moira Place Long Term Care Residence, Scotiabank, the Municipality of Tweed, the Tweed Agricultural Society, Tweed News, the Kiwanis Club of Tweed, and many others.
This year’s theme is G.I. Blues honouring not only Elvis Presley’s military service, but also Canadian military personnel. Friday night is Military Night, so any military person, current or veteran, may have a free pass that includes one other guest.
Each year during Festival Week, the Tweed Chamber of Commerce awards prizes to participating merchants for the best decorated store, so there is keen competition and lots of creative displays.
- The excitement starts with Friday’s Opening Ceremonies, followed by Round One of the Elvis Tribute Artist (ETA) competition. To keep things moving, only 30 ETAs can register to compete, both Pro and Non-Pro. After the opening round, festival visitors can buy tickets to “Good Rockin’ Tonight” at the Tweed Legion.
- Saturday morning at 11, Round Two commences with judging to select the ETAs who will go on to Round Three on Saturday afternoon around 5 pm. The Rising Star Competition takes place between the Saturday rounds with young ETAs from age 5 -12 (Juniors) and 13-18 (Seniors), sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tweed. On Saturday morning at 10 am, visitors will be treated to the Classic Car Parade, a free event down Tweed’s main street.
- The 2014 Showcase is presented about 8:30 pm Saturday, after the competition. Gordon Hendricks, Tweed’s 2013 Ultimate Elvis, will show visitors why he was also honoured with the Fans’ Choice Award for his amazing voice and Elvis-like appearance.
Where is Tweed?
The Village of Tweed is located on Hwy 37, about 40 km north of Belleville. easily reached via Hwy 401 or Hwy 7, centrally located betwe
en Ottawa and Toronto, about 1 hour from Kingston. Once in the village, signs direct visitors to the Tweed Fairgrounds, the Festival location. On-site camping is located at the Fairgrounds for self-contained RVs and trailers only, no tents or pets.
Tweed, Ontario is the Gateway to the Land O’Lakes Region, and is situated on Stoco Lake, a renowned musky fishing lake. Besides water sports, there is an 18-hole golf course nearby, the Trans-Canada Trail for hiking or biking, fine dining, fast foods, pizza, Tim Hortons and lots of shopping opportunities.
Enjoy our friendly hospitality, great scenery, and the excitement of the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival. You’ ll agree – Elvis Lives In Tweed!
For the latest information and/or tickets, please visit our website www.tweedelvisfestival.ca