Presley Festival more fit for a pauper than a king
Press TUPELO, Miss.
sales again were disappointing for the Elvis Presley Festival,
held in the town where the King of Rock 'n' Roll was born,
putting the future of the event in jeopardy.
- The festival has drawn some well-known musical acts in the
last six years, including B.B. King and Little Richard. But
the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association reported a loss
of $5,465 for the June 2004 festival.
year, the event lost $2,642, organizers said. "We can break
even or make a little money, but we can't keep losing money,"
Jim High, the association's assistant director, said this
week. The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau cut its contributions
from $100,000 in 2003 to $50,000 this year. "We love festivals,"
said Linda Butler Johnson, the bureau's executive director.
"And we love to help with seed money, but over a period of
time we need to pull back and let them stand on their own
is a serious situation," said festival Chairman Gary Bailey.
"We have to do whatever we can to make it successful next