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Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023

Elvis impersonator set for Fountain Park

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Don’t miss the “Greatest Elvis Impersonator of All Time” at a worldwide event in Van Wert. On Saturday, August 15, ESB Pro Audio and Center Stage Productions honor the “King of Rock and Roll” on the 38th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (August 16, 1977) with Elvis impersonator Ben Portsmouth and a full nine-piece band.

Fans from all over the world declare Portsmouth is the closest they have ever seen to Elvis Presley. Social media forums have been overwhelmed with fans from the U.S. demanding that he return to the United States. There was only one Elvis, but Portsmouth is the closest people will ever get in terms of Elvis’s looks, his singing voice and on-stage charisma.

Elvis impersonator Ben Portsmouth
Elvis impersonator Ben Portsmouth

What a success within less than two years! Portsmouth accomplished what no other Elvis tribute artist has achieved. He has won three major Elvis Presley Enterprise endorsed contests, culminating in the crown jewel of contests the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest” held in Memphis, Tennessee, during “Elvis Week”, commemorating the life and legend of Elvis Presley.

Portsmouth’s meteoric success did not go unnoticed. In February 2013, he performed on “The David Letterman Show” in celebration of Elvis’ 79th birthday. The performance left Letterman at a loss for words, as he exclaimed, “Oh, my god, Oh, my god!” That one performance broadcast internationally resulted in an immediate social media explosion nobody could have predicted.

Those attending should bring their own seating to the event (lawn chairs). Fountain Park will open at noon on the 15th and lawn chairs may be placed on a first-come, first-served basis. No coolers are permitted at this event. Food and drinks will be sold.

Host hotel is the Comfort Inn in Van Wert, 840 N. Washington St. in Van Wert (call 419.232.6040), 2 miles from the venue. Mention Visionary Promotions when making reservations to get special $79 a day rates.

Event sponsors are ESB Pro Audio and Center Stage Productions. We are still accepting sponsors and vendors for the event.

This will be the first ticketed event in Fountain Park history, with the park entirely encased in a privacy screen with only two entrances. People must have a ticket to enter! All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Christmas Garden Project, so come and support a great cause and see a great show.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event and can be purchased online at or by phone by calling Jim Clay at 419.771.9508.

POSTED: 05/04/15 at 6:45 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News