The Greek Festival returns to Cheyenne Sept. 15-16 for traditional celebrations of Greek culture.
The Greek Festival is a fundraiser for the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The Greek Festival organizers sponsor a charity each year. This year’s charity is Toys for Tots.
Preparing the Greek Festival takes the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church a long time to organize.
Local organizations like ROTC, Kiwanis and the Stampede Hockey Team in Cheyenne participate in helping every year. The Cheyenne Stampede assist when setting up and taking down the festival at Frontier Park. Kiwanis participate by cooking and serving at food booths. ROTC and Boy Scouts clean the tables and collect food.
Participants will have the option to exchange money for Greek Drachma tokens to use at the festival.
Food, like pastries from the pastry booth, is prepared the week before the event starts. Food selection comes from a variety of styles, including specialized salad and pasta (pastitsio), meat (gyros, souvlakia) and seafood (calamari) dishes.
Greek-themed music is played and traditional dancers, young and old, perform in authentic costumes. If someone is interested in buying used items, Yiayia’s Attic holds a garage sale. For a special gift for a friend or partner, jewelry made in Greece is available for purchase in shops as well in the raffle. The raffle prize is a trip for two to Greece or a $1,500 US Savings Bond.
The festival is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 15, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall.