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Parkes National Events

As you step foot in the charming town of Parkes located in New South Wales, Australia, you'll be surprised to find that this small town is full of vibrancy and energy all throughout the year. With an array of nationally and globally recognised annual events, there's never a dull moment in this Australian country town. Here are some of the events that locals and visitors alike observe in and around Parkes:

1. Parkes Elvis Festival - The Parkes Elvis Festival is a five-day-long event that takes place annually in January, celebrating the life and legacy of the King of Rock and Roll - Elvis Presley. Known as the 'Elvis capital of Australia', the festival brings together Elvis enthusiasts from all over the world for live music performances, street parades, car shows, competitions, and more. If you're an Elvis fan, this festival is a must-visit!

2. The Dish - In July, visitors flock to the historic Parkes Radio Telescope - The Dish, famous for sending the first images of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. The Dish Open Day event includes guided tours, moon-dome shows, telescope viewings, and a chance to explore the history of space exploration.

3. Big Dog Comedy - Held annually in April, Big Dog Comedy is an event that brings together some of Australia's best comedians to entertain locals and visitors alike. You can expect a night of laughs, a relaxed atmosphere, and great company.

4. Manildra Christmas Tree Festival - Starting in November and ending in December, the Manildra Christmas Tree Festival is one of the most magical events in the region. Visitors can witness the town being transformed into a festive wonderland as shop fronts and streets are decorated with Christmas decorations. The festival culminates in the lighting of a giant Christmas tree.

5. Trundle ABBA Festival - Held annually in May, the Trundle ABBA Festival is a celebration of the iconic Swedish pop group ABBA. Visitors can sing and dance along to ABBA covers played by local and national artists and compete in costume competitions for the chance to win prizes.

6. Forbes Camel Races - Held annually in September, the Forbes Camel Races are a fun and quirky event that attracts locals and visitors alike. The racing takes place on a dusty track as riders sit atop their humpy racing camels. The races are held over two days and provide visitors with a unique experience.

7. Australia Day celebrations - Parkes comes alive in January with the traditional Australia Day celebrations. Visitors can expect morning flag-raising ceremonies, communal breakfasts, parades, and a whole day of fun activities like tug-of-war, novelty races, and live entertainment into the night.

Parkes is a small town that's bustling with lively and globally recognised annual events throughout the year. From the Elvis Festival to the light displays of Christmas to the quirky camel races, there's always something for everyone to see and do in Parkes. Plan your trip accordingly and experience the heart of Australian country culture.

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The historical radio telescope dish which actively took part in the 1969 first landing of man in the moon located in Parkes
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