The Michigan ElvisFest was founded in 1999. Started by Elvis tribute artist Sherman Arnold, in cooperation with the Ypsilanti Depot Town Association, to celebrate the music and influence of Elvis Presley and replace the previous Ypsilanti based music festival, the Bob Marley Festival. Since then, it has grown to be the largest Elvis festival in North America, attended by approximately 20,000 fans each year.
The main attractions at the Michigan ElvisFest are the Elvis Tribute Artists, but other tributes are also common, including tributes related artists such as Tom Jones and Roy Orbison. Other attractions include a salute to the military, a children's area and a candlelight vigil in memory of the life of Elvis Presley.
Fundraising at the festival
The Michigan ElvisFest has been working closely with Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels are an international organization dedicated to providing food for housebound, often elderly, people. The money raised by The Ypsilanti ElvisFest helps people like this in the Ypsilanti area receive food on a daily basis.
- Alfaro, Bryan (2012-07-16), "Michigan ElvisFest rocked Ypsilanti", Eastern Echo, retrieved 2012-07-17
- Hachem, Khalil (2008-07-09). "Fan favorites will be back at yearly Elvisfest in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 2009-08-05.