The 2017 Texas' Tribute to Elvis Contest and Festival will be held at the Southfork Ranch made world famous by the television series Dallas.
This is an event not to be missed!
About the Southfork Ranch
Images of Southfork
Things are always bigger in Texas and Southfork Ranch has always been portrayed as one of them.
Legendary Southfork Ranch, made famous by the Ewing Family in the Television series Dallas, is now a premier special events and meeting destination. Southfork's fame from the Dallas TV series led to the authentic Texas ranch becoming a popular Texas tourist attraction. A 63,000 square foot conference and event center hosts special events and functions for large gatherings. A magnificent setting for our Texas Elvis Festival.
No visit do Dallas is complete without visiting the legendary Southfork Ranch. For thirteen years, television sets were tuned into 356 episodes of "Dallas", one of the longest running series in television history. Viewers made themselves home at Southfork the Texas ranch the Ewings called home and where the entire world was a weekly guest. Today Southfork continues to welcome visitors from around the world, who come to see where "Dallas" was filmed and to experience the lifestyle made famous by the Ewings.
Lorimar Productions selected Southfork Ranch as the home of the oil-rich "Ewing" family in 1978. The North Texas ranch was built in 1970 as a private residence and a place for breeding and training horses. The ranch appealed to Lorimer Productions because the sprawling acreage would be worthy of a filthy rich Texan family and equally important mansion showed well on film from every angle. As a result of being selected, Southfork Ranch was brought into the homes of millions of viewers around the world for the show's 365 episodes and has become the most famous ranch in the world. The exterior scenes of the show were typically filmed on Southfork from May through October each year. Like most shows, the interior scenes were filmed in sound studios in California. The original owners of the ranch continued to live at the ranch for a while and attempted to accommodate the increasing demand for tours. Finally the constant activity made it difficult for the owners to live at the ranch and Southfork became strictly a tourist and special event location in 1985.
The Ewing Mansion
Defines Grand Texas Style. The centerpiece of Southfork Ranch, the mansion is set over 300 acres of ranchland including a Visitor Center, Event Center and Rodeo grounds among the outbuildings and pastures. Tour the Ewing mansion and re-live exciting moments from the series in the Dallas Legends exhibit. Some of the items on display include the gun that shot JR, Lucy's wedding dress and Jock's Lincoln Continental. Visitors can also take a guided tram tour of the ranch grounds, eat a Miss Ellie's Deli and shop in two themed retail stores. The meeting facilities at Southfork include 63,000 square feet indoor event and meeting place, nine ballrooms and acres of sprawling Texas ranch land.
The Southfork Event and Conference Center was named "Facility of the Year" in 1999 by the Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter of Meeting Professionals International.
Among the stars of Dallas was none other than Priscilla Presley.
Our Elvis Festival is set within the Oil Barons Ballroom and our aftershow party will be in the lone star atrium.
Please download the seating plan here.
Southfork Ranch Tours
Texas Elvis Festival ticket holders can access the Ewing mansion and museum tour for the discounted rate of only $5 *does not include tax. If you show your Texas Tribute to Elvis festival wristband at the visitor centre at South fork during the festival you will gain entry to the tours.
To read more about the south fork tours and times click here.
Festival Food and Drink
Food and drink is available during the event from Southfork, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Miss Ellie's Deli Restaurant is situated on the ranch as well as additional food stalls.
How to find the Southfork Ranch View Location
To get to Southfork Ranch; take us Highway75/Central Expressway North to Exit #30, Parker Road. Take a right and travel east on Parker Road for approximately 5.5 miles.
You will reach the intersection of FM 2551 South (also known as Hogge Road or Murphy Road), where you'll take a right. The entrance to Southfork will be immediately on your left
Please be aware of traffic, which could add to your drive depending upon you flight arrival schedule. If you head to the host hotel between 3:00pm and 6:00pm, please be prepared for traffic-related delays.
Parking At Southfork Ranch
There is ample parking at Southfork Ranch. The parking rate is $10 per car payable to Southfork Ranch. Guests will be able to leave and re-enter one time per day with proof of purchase that will be provided by Southfork Ranch parking attendant. Ticket must be presented upon re-entry or there will be a $10 fee.
Southfork can accommodate up to 100 RVs but there are NO electric hook-ups. The fee is $25 per night, to book to stay please call Southfork on 927-442-7800 EXt 200 to reserve a spot. Please direct any queries to the telephone number provided.