Christmas talent show to benefit SERVE

Pageant features final performance of local ‘Elvis’

Dan Smith will perform his last show as ElvisGraceDan at the Community Christmas: A Talent Show to Benefit SERVE on Dec. 3.

Dan Smith will perform his last show as ElvisGraceDan at the Community Christmas: A Talent Show to Benefit SERVE on Dec. 3.

Keeping with the tradition of Christmas pageants this time of year, a new pageant takes shape that will benefit SERVE, Inc.

Callaway residents will show off their talents for the upcoming pageant — Community Christmas: A Talent Show to Benefit SERVE — at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Champ Auditorium at Westminster College. The show is scheduled to start not long after the Fulton Jaycees Christmas Parade that starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 downtown.

Those who wish to participate in the pageant can come to one of two audition days this week. From 6-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at First Presbyterian Church, those interested can showcase their talents before the big show.

Not only will the audience have a chance to support SERVE and see fellow Callawegians strut their stuff, but they will also witness their local “Elvis” perform his last show. Dan Smith, known as ElvisGraceDan, will end his 11-year career as an Elvis tribute singer with the Dec. 3 show.

Smith, who has impersonated Elvis Presley all over the country and “about everywhere in Fulton,” said he is hanging up his sequin jumpsuits for good but has “enjoyed every second” of playing the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He said he is very appreciative of all the support he had during his Elvis run and thanks all those who asked him to perform. Fans can watch Smith perform “Blue Christmas” and other holiday favorites during the pageant.

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