Elvis Impersonator Contest
This year’s Balloon Fest will feature contestants singing or performing music by Elvis Presley in an Elvis Impersonator Contest.
“For the past several years, Balloon Fest has hosted talent shows or singing contests named ‘Balloon Fest Has Talent’ or ‘Balloon Fest Idol’. This year, with the Elvis Tribute special shape hot air balloon, we found a theme for the contest,” said Marcus Holland, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce.
On Saturday, August 19, the Balloon Fest Elvis Impersonator and Singing Contest will be held under the family picnic tent from 10:30am to 1:00pm.
Contestants can provide music on CD or select from a list of Elvis songs to karaoke. Guitars are allowed, but no other instruments. All songs must be written or performed by Elvis.
“We want to thank Jack Graham State Farm Agency, for sponsoring this contest. Because of his sponsorship, there are cash prizes for best Elvis impersonator, best stage performance, and best vocals with karaoke,” said Holland.
There is no cost to enter the contest and space is limited. Applicants are being asked to contact the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce immediately with their stage name, real name, contact information, and Elvis song choice=——
“There will be judges watching the competition and scoring on vocal talent, performance, and appearance. The contestants do not have to look or sound like Elvis, but it will help their scores if they do,” adds Holland.
This competition is one of the many activities and events at Balloon Fest, which runs from August 18 through August 20. More information about Balloon Fest can be found at www.balloon-fest.com.
Balloon Fest will have over 35 hot air balloons, two balloon glows, multiple balloon races, craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment at the family picnic tent, a free kids play area, car shows, and other activities for the whole family. It is $3 to enter the park and kids who are 6 years old are younger get in free.
This is the 28th Annual Centralia Balloon Fest, which is an event of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce. The event chairperson for this year is Patty Williams, retired teacher, with D.J. Justice, Chaney & Karch Insurance, serving as first vice chair, and Marcus Holland serving as second vice chair. Balloon Fest is made possible by the support of local businesses, chamber members, steering committee members, and hundreds of volunteers. The event is one of the largest festival events in Southern Illinois and the largest event in Centralia, attracting up to 40,000 people in one weekend.
The Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that has a mission of promoting a healthy business climate through programs and services that strengthen the community and their members.