Garden Grove

Some cool dunks at hot Elvis Festival

GARDEN GROVE MAYOR Steve Jones was one wet fella after a turn in the dunk tank at the Elvis Festival on Main Street in Garden Grove on Sunday (Orange County Tribune photos by Jim Tortolano).

Downtown Garden Grove became Graceland for a day on Sunday when a section of Main Street hosted the 20th annual Elvis Festival.

The event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a warm late summer day, featured a full lineup of Elvis tribute artists, food trucks, booths displaying memorabilia about “The King,” a parade of motorcyclists, a Cadillac car show and much more.

JOHN JUSTIN of Glendora was one of the many people paying tribute to Elvis.

One of the attractions was the “Dunka Dunka Burning Love” water dunk tank, which benefitted the Assistance League of Garden Grove.  A procession of local notables, led by Mayor Steve Jones, climbed into the tank to run the risk of being dumped into the water for a good cause. 

After a few early missed throws, the customers who lined for a chance to sink the city’s top elected official found the range and Jones – dressed in a Vegas Elvis jump suit and wearing a plastic pompadour hairdo – plunged into the tank.

Others scheduled to be dipped included City Manager Scott Stiles and popular local D.J. Josh McIntosh.

The festival is held each August because the rock and roll pioneer died in August of 1977. It’s held in conjunction with the Garden Grove Downtown Business Association.

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