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Elvis event will be held here

July 18, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Twenty-five percent of the 1,000 tickets available for a Sept. 7 Elvis Presley tribute event in downtown Hagerstown have been purchased and organizers expect the afternoon street festival to sell out completely.

Tickets for Elvis Lives in Hagerstown have been on sale at the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce since May 1.

The chamber has sold 180 reserved seat tickets and 70 general admission tickets.

The city of Hagerstown is assisting the Chamber with what organizers hope could become an annual event.

Chamber President Fred Teeter said a lot of the ticket sales will be to people who live outside Maryland. Chamber officials said they have contacted more than 75 Elvis fan clubs across the country about the event and some members have indicated they will come.

Four Elvis Tribute Artists have been contracted to perform: Jamie Aaron Kelley of Boone, Iowa; Chris MacDonald of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Doug Church of Battle Creek, Mich.; and Travis Morris of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

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The four artists will be part of activities in Memphis, Tenn., in August marking the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death.

A stage will be constructed in front of The Maryland Theatre on South Potomac Street, and seating will be arranged both north and south of the stage.

Potomac Street will be closed to traffic at 6 a.m., a city spokeswoman said.

The Chamber was going to have Elvis Lives in Hagerstown last summer but decided to cancel the event because they did not have enough time to plan the event, Teeter said.

No tickets will be sold on the day of the event, which runs from 2 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, or $25 for reserved seating.

Proceeds from the event will support the development of the Hagerstown Arts and Entertainment District.

An Elvis Lives in Hagerstown Web site set up by Elvis fans is available through the Chamber's Web site at www.hagerstown.org.

Those interested in tickets may call the Chamber office at 301-739-2015, ext. 100.

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