Updated: November 22, 2019 06:02 PM
Created: November 22, 2019 05:20 PM
SARATOGA SPRINGS - He's had mutton chops since he was in second grade.
Matthew Boyce got the Elvis bug from his grandmother and aunt when they'd take care of him after school days at Dorothy Nolan Elementary.
"Dancing in the living room next to the coffee table," said Boyce Friday. "And I'd go see the Elvis shows at the Legions and the VFWs locally and I'd be sneaking into pubs and bars when I was 8-years-old, going to watch these Elvis shows and that's just how I kind of got into this whole thing. I saw everyone else doing it and I said, 'Why can't I?'"
Now 20, Matthew Boyce is among the best around. He's competed all over North America and been crowned with nine titles.
Now he's bringing his talents and those of 30 other tribute artists to town for an Elvis-themed festival called "Winter Wonderland with the King." It'll be held December 14 and 15 at the City Center.
"Kind of like Comic-Con but we're bringing it here to Saratoga Springs."
It's similar to the Lake George Elvis Fest held every June, which Boyce has competed in since he was 8.
He's hoping for big crowds because he says even 42 years after his death, Elvis is everywhere.
"The music still plays at Christmas-time, you see the ornaments and all this stuff. So everyone kind of has some kind of connection to Elvis."
He's hoping restaurants and hotels will be benefit from the fans who come to his hometown when it's all decked out for the holidays.
"We're trying to get people to go out and shop local, eat local and really experience Saratoga this time of year. All the Elvis brotherhood, we want them to see our town like this."
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