Officials are calling the Elvis Presley Festival a financial success, with early attendance figures estimated at more than 10,000 for the weekend-long event.
Festival Chairman Gary Bailey said specific numbers from this year's event, which ended this past weekend, will be announced later this week. "People are proud (Elvis) didn't forget Tupelo," Bailey said. ``People are proud of his success." The festival included performances by singers Jerry Lee Lewis and Marty Stuart. "We remain committed to the history and legacy of Elvis Presley," Tupelo Mayor Larry Otis said. The Tupelo Convention and Visitor's Bureau announced renovation plans to the Presley birthplace, including a gift shop expansion and renovations of the restrooms. "Our job is to bring people into our city,'' said Polly Stroup of the visitors bureau. "Now, we have a festival ... a successful festival in honor of Elvis Presley."
Source: Reuters / Updated: Jun 6, 2001