This might be the last summer for the world famous ‘Collingwood Elvis Festival’. Earlier this week, town council voted to discontinue operating the event. In a release, the city noted a decline in attendance and economic impact as the main reasons to put an end to funding the annual event.
The initial event was held at a local resort, and was originally organized by an Elvis Presley impersonator. It is now billed as the “World’s Largest Elvis Festival.” Five years ago, weekend attendance at the festival reached a peak of nearly 30,000 people, including an appearance by Priscilla Presley. A year ago, attendance had dwindled to just over 14,000.
The Collingwood Elvis Festival will go on as scheduled this summer, marking its 25th anniversary, but it will be bittersweet. Private operators have expressed interest in running the show going forward, but council has asked town staff to look into the best way to handle management of the festival before proceeding.
Closer to Ottawa, the village of Tweed also hosts a popular Elvis Festival every summer. Here’s the website if you’re curious: https://tweedelvisfestival.ca/
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