The Brighter Writer





SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012

The Orange County Elvis Festival



Over the 11 years that I've lived in Orange County, the Elvis Festival has become one of my ultimate favorite things to look forward to in the summer. Every August, right around my birthday (I'm convinced this is my present from the Universe) the OC Fairgrounds turns into a sideburn wearing, bedazzled pant rocking, upper lip curling wonderland of talent and creepiness.

It's absolutely fascinating.

The tradition goes, my mom and I grab a couple of giant Bud Lights, along with our cameras, and we go on the hunt. We find as many Elvis' (Elvii?) as we can, snap their photos, and then ride back to the house flipping through the pictures, laughing so hard we almost pee, and try to give them all names. These are some of my favorites throughout the years:

Cleavage Elvis



Cleavage Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Crowd Working, Asian Elvis



crowd working asian Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Drug Dealer Elvis



drug dealer Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

"Can I Have A Carne Asada, Please" Elvis



"Can I have a carne asada, please" Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Junk in the Trunk Elvis



Junk in the trunk Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Chick Elvis



Chick Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Dancing Old Guy From The 6 Flags Commercials Elvis



Dancing Old Guy From The 6 Flags Commercials Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Fanny Pack Elvis



Fanny Pack Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

A Rare Flock Of White Elvii



A Rare Flock Of White Elvii at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Ponytail Incognito Elvis



Ponytail Incognito Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

A Couple Of "These Other Guys Are So Lame" Elvii



A couple of "These other guys are so lame" Elvii at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

A Pair of Twin Elvii



A pair of twin Elvii at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

"Please Don't Fall Backwards, Mam" Elvis



"Please don't fall backwards, Mam" Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Puerto Rican and Giant Elvis



Puerto Rican and Giant Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Sloppy Elvis





Sloppy Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

I Think I Am So Cool Elvis



I think I am so cool Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Tall And Small Elvis (AKA Alice In Wonderland Elvii)



Small and Tall Elvis; A.K.A Alice in Wonderland Elvii at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

Wayne Newton Elvis



Wayne Newton Elvis at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

The Motherload



The Motherload at the Orange County Elvis Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA #Elvisfest #Elvis #California www.thebrighterwriter.blogspot.com

This year's Elvis Fest is on August 26th and you bet your sweaty ass I'll be back out here to visit that week. Four stages of Elvis tribute artists and impersonators, Elvis and Priscilla stilt walkers, Elvis Karaoke Contest (Creme de la King), Open Mic Elvis, Cadillac Kings Car Club, Official Elvis Presley Fan Clubs -Jailhouse Rockers of California and All Shook Up, and the official launch of this years collectors Mr. Potato Head Elvis (of which I have the first 2 years in mint condition) What better way to commemorate The King's August 16, 1977 death? There just simply is no better way.

Me and Elvis



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