Elvis dust off blue suede shoes

Parramatta Elvis impersonators and fans once again dusted off their blue suede shoes, bedazzled their star-spangled outfits and combed their Elvis inspired wigs in anticipation for the annual Elvis express train last week.

More than 300 diehard fans left Central railway station on Thursday destined for the big annual five-day Parkes Elvis Festival.

The train also made stops at Strathfield, Parramatta, Penrith, Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange stations before arriving at Parkes later that day.

Among the arrivals at Parramatta station were friends Judy Papa of Liverpool, Sue Butter-field of Kings Langley and Cathy Hill of Wentworthville.

It was Miss Papa's first time to the event.

"It was a love of Elvis and the girls inviting me," she said.

"It's lots of fun, and hopefully there is lots of dancing and good Elvis impersonators."

Ms Butterfield returned to the festival with her friends.

She said the Elvis express train attracted her to Parkes.

"I'm not even a big Elvis fan but the train trip was on my bucket list and I always wanted to go on it," Ms Butterfield said.

"I don't even have one Elvis song on my iPod."

Kissing Cousins was the theme of this year's festival and fans dressed in their best country hick-inspired outfits, including Sandra Vigers of Parramatta.

She said the festival gave her and others a great opportunity to dress up.

Elvis tribute artist Elias Jamhour entertained passengers on the train.

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