• Mariah Reeve

13th annual Elvis tribute competition to be held at Suwanee Music Park

This weekend is the time for all Elvis fans to get out and pay tribute to “the King of Rock ’n’ Roll” at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

The 13th annual Elvis Tribute Artist Competition takes place at the music park on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, with a pre-party the night before.

Elvis tribute artists from all over are expected to compete at the park this weekend. If you have a favorite Elvis song, you most likely will get to hear it during the competition.

The prize packages for winners of this Elvis Tribute Artist competition are $1,500 for first place, $700 for second place, $300 for third place, $200 for fourth place, and $100 for fifth place. In addition, the winner will go to Memphis, Tenn., in August to participate in the world Elvis Tribute Artist Competition, according to the Suwannee Democrat.

One of the Elvis Tribute Artists who competed in this competition many times and won several years ago, Cote Deonath of Central Florida, has become the sixth-best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world.

The party that is being held on Friday night is karaoke time for the contestants to get used to the audience's reactions. The music will last from 7 to 10 p.m. with an entrance fee of $11 admission at the door for adults and children.

On Saturday, the competition begins at 1 p.m. in the Music Hall, and there will be a break in the late afternoon for dinner with the competition resuming at 6 p.m. Admission on Saturday is $26 at the door for adults or children and $42 per person for reserved tables. Finalists will be named, and the countdown to the winner will begin as fans get to witness some of the best Elvis tribute artists anywhere perform.

Last year’s competition winner, Michael Chambliss, will be a special guest on Saturday night.

Reserve seat reservations are available in advance until noon Friday at the SOSMP main office by calling 386-364-1683 or stopping by the park at 3076 95th Drive in Live Oak, Fla.