Greek festival hopes to welcome eclipse goers

Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 18:52:30-04

For more than 40 years, the Greek Festival has welcome hundreds of people saying, "opa!" Friday through Saturday, they will welcome crowds again.

Organizers are hoping for bigger crowds in town before the eclipse. They're calling it the greek-clipse. last minute preparations were underway Friday morning. Dina Sakkas-Mulkey and husband Jay Mulkey have been volunteering to help run the big event for two decades. This year, they're serving family gyro recipes to the masses.

"Really I think what makes the best gyro is the sauce, and I think our sauce is pretty awesome," he said.

What's the Greek Festival all about?

"It's about the love of people, the love of food, and great parties," said Christine Krin, another volunteer.

"It's nice that everybody we all volunteer our time and our bodies for this," Sakkas-Mulkey said.

"Also, we celebrate our Christian heritage. A lot of people haven't seen the inside of our Byzantine church, and we'll have tours during the festival," Krin said.

For Dina and Jay, it's also about a tradition they wish to continue.

"My father has always lived next to a Greek Orthodox Church all his life. So they got involved, and they showed us, and so we in turn show our kids so its through the generations," Sakkas-Mulkey said.

The Greekfest is at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Click here for a free admission ticket.