Greek festival sees strong turnout in full return

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — It was a busy weekend for Columbus sports fans and those celebrating Labor Day weekend, but that only benefited the 2022 Greek Festival.

This year would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary had it not been for the pandemic-forced cancellations and changes in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

“To be back with all of our vendors who have, you know, jewelry, art, clothing and music from Greece,” said Stacey Stathulis, President of Public Relations and Marketing. “Imported from Greece, it’s really the difference this year!”

Stathulis said the big sports and holiday weekend only made the festival’s full return even more successful.

“The kind of energy and people that have come out and done things this weekend has been great,” Stathulis said. “And we were really lucky.”

The festival features Greek food, pastries, music, vendors and jewelry inside and outside the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

Beyond the strong turnout, organizers and vendors said it was great to see people coming back year after year after the pandemic.

“There’s a lady who’s coming to get olives,” said festival worker Kevin O’Brian. “Just recharge every year, same thing.”

A sentiment that Stathulis echoed.

“49 years here, lots of memories, lots of people,” Stathulis said.

The festival will take place during the Labor Day holiday and will be open Monday.

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