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Rochester Greek Fest kicks off with a strong turnout

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The pandemic wasn't going to stop the Rochester's Greek Fest this year. It's back in full force-- drive thru style.

The event started at 11 a.m. on Friday at 703 Center Street.

Drivers should enter at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Center Street. They have people directing traffic, handing out menus to cars, and answering questions.

The concept is simple, just stay in your car -- and they'll do the rest -- and provide some entertainment too. Greek music can be heard throughout the block. Although the menu is smaller this year, people can still get classics like gyros and spanakopita. For those who don't want to drive, walk-up service is also available.

"Last year we had a really good number," Tasos Psomas said. "I think it was about 20,000 or 30,000 people. I don't what we're expecting this year. We'll see what happens."

Psomas said they did a few practice runs of the new system and it worked well. Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Kosmas and Damianos Church and the Philoxenia Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to housing Mayo Clinic Patients for free.

As of noon, a long line of cars was lined up down the block.

The hours for Greek Fest are Aug. 28, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Aug. 29, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Aug. 30, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Megan Zemple

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