By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Elvis fans lined up for tickets to the Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival on Tuesday morning, despite a cold rain and temperatures that flirted with the freezing mark.
Fans bundled up in hats, coats, gloves, blankets and even Elvis-inspired sunglasses outside the Downtown Main Street Association office. Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m., but Dot Lyons and Sudie Turner, both of Tupelo, were first in line at 4:45 a.m.
“This is the coldest it’s ever been,” Lyons said. “I haven’t been too cold because I’ve got on too many layers of clothes.”
The friends sat in their cars for a while to keep warm and later moved to two lawn chairs outside the office doors.
The Downtown Main Street Association provided free coffee and set up a tent so fans could be more comfortable.
The tickets that went on sale Tuesday morning were for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competitions and tribute artist concerts, sold as VIP packages.
The All Elvis package is $155, and the All Elvis package with the Sunday gospel show is $175.
Tupelo’s previous tribute artist winners will return to perform at the Lyric this year, including Cody Slaughter, Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry and more.
These concerts have sold out for the past three years, said Debbie Brangenberg, director of the Main Street association.
Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale Feb. 5, if there are any tickets left.
The festival also includes concerts at Fairpark. This year those shows will be headlined by Cowboy Mouth on June 7 and Montgomery Gentry on June 8.
The rest of the lineup for those shows is still being determined, and after those are announced, those tickets will go on sale. Brangenberg said they hope to have the Fairpark tickets on sale in February. Get more information at tupeloelvisfestival.com.