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'Hunk of Burning Love' at 2022 Parkes Elvis Festival as couples renew their vows

By train and by plane, the Elvises, Priscillas and festival faithful arrived in Parkes for the 2022 Elvis Festival last week.

The Elvis Express pulled into the Parkes train station in NSW's central weston Thursday afternoon, to a platform packed with welcomers as The King's music played over the speakers.

Festival organisers say the three carriages available on the train booked out in a matter of hours and those who got those hot tickets were certainly happy to be part of the party.

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The Rex Hound Dog Express landed at Parkes Airport Thursday afternoon, and again the passengers were presented with a black and white Speedway lei as a welcome to Parkes.

Parkes expected to welcome 20,000 visitors as the festival made a huge return to the Central West.

Dozens of couples have renewed their wedding vows and commitment to each other in one of the very special moments of the annual Parkes Elvis Festival.

This year two couples were - incredibly - celebrating 50 year together as they made their Elvis-inspired vows before tribute artist Dean Vegas and a crowd at Cooke Park.

Dean Vegas welcomed all - from newlyweds to those celebrating anywhere from 12 to 49 years of marriage - as the "Elvises" lined up on the dance floor to welcome their "Priscillas" who made their way down the Cooke Park aisle.

Dennis and Dianne, and Tommy Lee and Margaret Sim, had the honour of cutting the cake made by Parkes' Kath Swansbra on behalf of all the couples.

2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and Festival feature artist Taylor Rodriguez performed "The Wonder of You" for the happy couples to mark the occasion with a dance.

Parkes local Ashleigh Smith took pride of place in the Cadillac leading Saturday's street parade as the 2022 Parkes Elvis Festival Miss Priscilla.

"I really like getting out and about (during Elvis) the atmosphere is great, everyone is in a good mood and it's all fun - and the beautiful costumes," Ms Smith said.

"It's particularly welcome after such a long break since the last festival.

"It's so great to see the pubs and clubs, the cash getting back into the community after COVID especially, I think it's really good for everybody."

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