People clap as Taylor Rodriguez, an Elvis tribute artist, performs at a Veteran's Day Luncheon hosted by the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation on November 8, 2018. (Photo by Taylor Irby/The News & Advance)

Local Elvis tribute artist Taylor Rodriguez, a University of Lynchburg student and Jefferson Forest High School graduate, recently won the the Tupelo Elvis Festival's Elvis tribute competition. 

Every year, the top three winners receive a cash prize and a certificate for their own B&K suit, the same suit maker Elvis used for his iconic onstage looks; this year, Rodriguez won a cash prize of $5,000, a statue trophy from the Elvis Presley Birthplace and a $1,000 certificate on a suit, according to a news release. 

Rodriguez, 21, was the youngest competitor there this year, according to a story in Tupelo's Daily Journal, and won for his rendition of "Polk Salad Annie." 

He will now go on to represent the Tupelo Elvis Festival at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Competition at Graceland in early August and will be given the opportunity to perform his own signature showcase at next year's Tupelo Elvis Festival. 

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