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Greek Fest Draws Over 10k People

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

After four consecutive days of non-stop bustling, the 45th Annual Greek Festival wrapped up Sunday.

Cars filled the parking lots and surrounding streets of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Vestal. 

“I did about 9 miles walking yesterday. Today, it was a little bit less, but we came very early in the morning to prep for the main lamb dinner, which is the Sunday offering,” said Kostas Papathomas, co chair of the Greek Festival. 

A special lamb dinner was served for the festival’s last day, but organizers say the euro, also known as the gyro, was everyone’s favorite. The honey puffs were also loved by the locals as people waiting on long lines to get their hands on them.

“And the kitchen the line was all the way out of the parking lot,” said Papathomas. 

“From what we sell, we have over 10-thousand people that visit us.” 
— Kostas Papathomas, Co-Chair of the Greek Festival

The festival is held to raise money for the church, but it also serves as a way to embrace and preserve the Greek culture through generations to come.