(Video by Jeremy Griffith, Greek Fest 2012, Rochester Minnesota)
The local Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, Minnesota held a Greek Festival on the church grounds as part of their annual fundraiser this weekend, Aug. 24-26. The church, now in its 60th year has been holding these festivals annually for the past 49 consecutive years.
Tim Kelly, the Parish Council President, helped organize and run the festival.
“We’re in the 49th year,” Kelly said. “Next year will be the fiftieth. We do this as an annual fundraiser and to raise awareness about the church and in fact most Greek churches do some kind of a festival.”
Entertainment at the festival included the Levendes Band and dancers from the Greek Dancers of Minnesota dancing troupe. There was an enormous inflatible slide and a bouncer for kids as well as other games. A book booth was set up outside the church where gawkers could pick up items with information about the church and its 2,000-year history.
Father Mark Munoz, the parish priest, gave tours of the church and talked about church beliefs and practices.
Plenty of Greek food was served and turn-out was good despite a brief intermittent shower on Saturday afternoon.