Greek Festival Starts Its 25th Year - DatelineCarolina

Greek Festival Celebrates Its 25th Year Showing off New Church

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If you attend the Greek Festival this weekend, bring cash to sample the authentic Greek food. If you attend the Greek Festival this weekend, bring cash to sample the authentic Greek food.

By:  Lauren Hinnant

Columbia's annual Greek Festival kicked off on Thursday for the 25th consecutive year.  The highlight of this year's festival include new iconography on the dome and tours of the new Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the downtown Columbia.

"It's larger...larger than ever.  We have many vendors, more than ever.  In addition to the vendors, we have more Greek food," says festival coordinator Mary Rickman.

Rickman says the festival is expected to draw crowds into the tens of thousands this weekend.

Rickman and Chairman Steve Bitzas remind visitors not to leave the festival without sampling some of the traditional Greek foods and pastries.

Things to expect this weekend if you attend the Greek Festival:

  • Parking:  Meters will be available but on a limited basis, most parking lots will be pay-to-park
  • Long lines:  With crowds in the thousands, prepare to wait
  • Food:  Vendors will have tents and seating outside, but inside full meals will be served
  • Money:  Cash only, ATMs will be available
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