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    The King dethroned

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The King was here, but his followers missed the memo.

    The first annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival was marred by slim crowds and some angry vendors over the weekend.

    Most wondered why the event wasn’t promoted more, and felt sorry for the top notch entertainers gathered at Oakes Garden Theatre.

    “One of the Elvis’ said (on Friday), ‘I’m not sticking around, there’s no one to sing to,’ ” said vendor Sheila Szalai, who paid nearly $600 with her husband Karl to operate a jewelry booth for the three-day event. By Saturday afternoon, they had made just two sales.

    “We won’t be back.”

    The sour mood hung over the venue Saturday as Elvis tribute artists played to barely 150 people by late afternoon. It was a far cry from the thousands organizers expected for the inaugural event.

    “This is stupid, this place should be packed,” said Niagara Falls resident Della Meunier. “I love Elvis, and I am very disappointed for this. Fans just didn’t know it was going on.

    “Why was it kept so secretive?”

    Niagara Falls salutes Elvis, his actual band

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    From the London Free Press:

    The summer of Elvis sightings continues, shifting to Niagara Falls, in what would have been the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s” 75th birthday year.

    The Niagara Falls Elvis Festival will attract 25 “tribute artists” from next Thursday through Sunday (Aug. 19-22).

    With an outdoor venue having the Falls as the dramatic backdrop and indoor events, the festival is put on by Niagara-area native William Maurice, an Elvis tribute artist and his company, Universal Media Group International.

    Being presented in “the world’s most spectacular place,” the festival pays tribute to the anniversary of Elvis’ birth, he said. Expected to attract 4,000 to 6,000 people, it occurs 33 years after Elvis’ death.

    What’s important is “the Elvis factor” — that is the “fans that travel extensively throughout the world to relive the life and times of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Maurice said.

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