St. Louis Greek festival celebrates 99th year

ST.LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)--Labor Day marked the final day of the 99th annual St. Louis Greek Festival in the Central West End. From the stage to the street, the folks at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church again made sure St. Louis got a memorable taste of Greek culture.

"Greeks love to host. We love hospitality. That`s our thing. It`s our way to host all of St. Louis. Obviously the weather dictates a lot of our attendance and we`ve had record breaking days this year," said Carol Kamburis of the festival's executive committee

With more than 10,000 gyros, 8,000 shish kabobs, and 6,000 pieces of baklava sold just on Saturday and Sunday, it doesn't appear anyone went home hungry.

"It`s amazing. The food is phenomenal and they work so hard to do it. They start cooking six months in advance for this. It`s amazing and it`s for a good cause obviously," said festival patron Kristina Bohler.

While the food always seems to get the most attention, there are other aspects of Greek culture to enjoy like this folk dancing performance.

"When I first came here for a festival, I saw the dancers up on stage and decided I wanted to do it too. Some dances are difficult and some are really easy, but most of them are easy,' said Greek folk dancer Dimitri Tompras.

The Greek Festival`s centennial celebration is set for next year and organizers are already promising some special surprises.

"We`re going to plan something big. It`ll be in the works for sure." added Kamburis