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6/21/07-Longview

A Pack of Elvis Tribute Artists Make Their Way To East Texas

Elvis is coming to East Texas! In fact, there's 18 of them. This weekend, Elvis impersonators from around the world over will flock to Longview for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest. The event's coordinator who says the contest is sure to get you "all shook up." 

They call themselves ETAs or Elvis Tribute Artists. And all 18 are promising to get a whole lotta shakin' goin on. 

"It's going to be the closest thing that anybody has ever seen of Elvis...when they're on stage, they project an image of Elvis," says event coordinator Carol Shahin.

Each of the 18 "Elvi" will get to belt out two numbers from the King, armed with pelvic gyrations, sideburns, and of course jumpsuits. 

"These guys pay anywhere from two grand up to eight/ten thousand dollars for these jumpsuits and they're authentic replicas of Elvis' jumpsuits...it's worth coming just to see the jumpsuits," Carol says.

This weekend's pre-lim is a pre-lude of sorts with the winner getting a shot at the championship round right in Elvis' backyard.

"To be named the ultimate by Elvis Presley Enterprises, that's what it's all about...that's what these guys have been doing this for anywhere from two years to 20," says Carol.

Carol says the ETAs do it out of love for Elvis and carrying on his legacy.

"It gives people that never had the opportunity to meet Elvis and to see Elvis in concert, it gives them a little bit of an idea what it felt like," she explains.

And it's for a good cause because all the proceeds go to Neal McCoy's East Texas Angel Network so don't be cruel and come on out.

"TG Field is going to be rockin' Saturday, it's definitely going to be rockin', I can promise them that," she smiles.

The contest starts Saturday at 1:00pm at TG Field Auditorium in Longview. Tickets are 25 dollars at the door, or you can buy them for 20 dollars from Cavender's in Longview, the Neal McCoy Fan Club in Longview, Mel's Qwik Stop in Jacksonville, and Band Stand Music in Marshall.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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