Why celebrate the "King" of Rock and Roll?

In 1956, a young Elvis Presley performed in Lexington, NC, to a sold out crowd.

Roughly 5,000 people filled the YMCA to see the performer, while a couple thousand were turned away at the door.

Fast forward 60 years and Lexington played host to the sold out performance of the King's Broadway-style tour "Elvis 56." The community embraced the comeback show and wanted more ... Then in 2019, Lexington Tourism Authority brought the "Elvis Back in Lexington" performance to The Smith Civic Center.

People often would stop by Lexington Visitor Center inquiring when the town would have another show. After visiting another festival in another state, the authority decided that North Carolina needed to have our own tribute festival, thus the North Carolina Tribute Festival to the "KING" was born.