Elvis FANtasy Fest Returns to Portage to Raise Funds for Porter County Special Olympics

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Published on September 22, 2021 with No Comments

     The Elvis FANtasy Fest returns to Portage at the Woodland Park Community Building, 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage on Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 10 for the 29th year.  The event is an all-volunteer fund raiser for the Porter County Special Olympics.  The weekend event celebrates the music legacy of Elvis Presley along with remembering his humanitarian ways by giving to the charity.

     The weekend event begins on Friday, Oct. 8 with a welcome party hosted by local tribute artist, Quentin Flagg.  He will perform along with other headliners and guests.  The festival brings people into Portage from the Chicago area along with Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa and of course, Indiana.   

     Sally A. Hoedal, author of “Elvis, Destine to Die Young” will be a special guest and have her book for purchase.  Also, attending will be Jon Daly, owner of the Elvis Pawn Shop in Memphis and he will speak to the fans about collecting Elvis Memorabilia.   

     Saturday, Oct 9 is the first round for the Tribute Artist Contest which is a pre-qualifier for the Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest® produced by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis during the annual celebration of Elvis’ life and music in August.  It is produced by license agreement with E.P.E.  Twenty-two Elvis Tribute Artists will compete to win both cash prize and the top ETA will represent the Portage Elvis FANtasy Fest in Memphis.

     Highlight of the weekend is the headliner show on Saturday, Oct 8, which features three top, award winning Elvis Tribute Artists backed by Chicago’s own “Change of Habit” Tribute Band.   Returning EFF Champion, Ted Torres Martin and last year’s Champion Riley Jenkins will be joined by 2019 Ultimate Tribute Artist Champion, Taylor Rodriquez as they recreate some of the most memorable music of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

     Sunday, Oct. 9, kicks off with a Gospel Hour of some of Elvis’s favorites performed by the headliners and contestants along with a continental breakfast.  Everyone will look forward to the finals of the competition in which the Top Ten from Saturday will perform again followed by a final round with the Top Five. 

     Special Olympic athletes and parents serve as the volunteer force to help run the event.  There will be an Auction with some great prize packages along with a theme basket raffle.  The event is a major fund raiser for the Porter County Special Olympics and helps provide funds for their program which has been very successful.

 Tickets are available online at www.elvisfantasyfest.com or can be purchased at the door.  Prices range from $35 to $190 depending on the type of ticket needed.  Parking is free.

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