Greek Fest Kicks Off With Great Philoxenia (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch
By Eric Dutkiewicz

June 20, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 9:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- The 33rd annual Greek Festival kicked off Thursday morning at Headwaters Park.

The four-day celebration of Greek culture and cuisine features a variety of food, entertainment and dancing.

"We get a lot of crowd from downtown," Deanna Gountras, chair of Greek Fest, says. "We have our dancers, our food pastries. We have games for the children. We have our famous baklava sundaes."

A Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church's Triada dance troop performs daily at 12:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Olympic 5K run/walk was run Sunday 10:30 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., stopped in Sunday afternoon to try some of the Greek food. Coats is in Fort Wayne for a Chamber of Commerce event Monday.

"We love for the people to come down and share in our culture and our ethnicity," Nikos Nakos, Greek Fest committee member, says. "We do that through dance, and music, and food, and pastries and just knowing how to have a good time."

Greek Fest runs through Sunday. Admission is free for children under 16, all day Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Thursday through Saturday. Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. admission is $3.

*Philoxenia means hospitality according to the festival's website.

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