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    Baklava for sale at the festival The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Sweets for sale at the 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Amygthaloia for sale at the 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival. It began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Helen Georgopoulos, right and Liz Karagounis help students with their pastry orders.he 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Families make their way around tents set up at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Friday, 09.05.13, during the festival. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Students with balloon hats. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    The crosses atop Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Jennifer Penrod, and her son luke, 1, enjoy lunch with friend Annie Jones. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Jennifer Penrod, top, enjoys lunch with friend Annie Jones and her son Jax (his foot is at bottom), who is one month old. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Students enjoy the festival. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    School girls enjoy some shopping. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Cassie Favser, 7 of the Socrates Academy was one of the many students at the festival Friday. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    Linda Layton, left and Connie Monds, both of Norwood, enjoyed their meal inside. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    This is where the meals are prepared inside at the festival. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    Litsa Kaperonis, right, takes a meal ready to serve from Frances Kalopitas. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Ashley Delongos, second from left, and Litsa Kaperonis, third from left, serve lunch Friday, 09.05.13. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    From left, Litsa Kaperonis, Ashley Delongos and Maria Varvarelis take a break from serving meals Friday. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Going through the serving line. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    Spiro Galanis of Weddington explains Loukomades (Greek donuts) to students Friday. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    Loukomades are coated with honey before powdered sugar and cinnamon a re sprinkled on them. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    Schoolgirls wear a scarf with traditional coins at the festival on Friday, 09.05.13. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    The Socrates Academy was in full force Friday. From left are Kristen Priganc, principal, mom Rachel Hargett with students Rose Hargett and Cora Mussay. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. For more information see http://www.yiasoufestival.org
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    Representing "The Warriors of Greece", Angelo Pete Politis stands guard as guests enter the Greek Festival. The 36th annual Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of CharlotteÕs largest cultural events.Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Representing "The Warriors of Greece", Angelo Pete Politis stands guard as guests enter the Greek Festival. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Socrates Academy students Nastia Kowalski, left, and Anthea Copsis, right, enjoy trying on traditional coin scarfs and head bands. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Eleni Bisbiki, left, and Kathy Kefalas, center, start servicing guests the traditional baklava as the Greek festival get underway. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Baklava is a traditional favorite at the Greek Festival. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Eleni Bisbiki,left, and Elpida Politus prepare the traditional baklava for today's start of the Greek festival. T. Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Georgia Georgoulakos prepare the tables with traditional greek pastries. T.Ortega Gaines - ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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    Reverend Father Michael Varvarelis, left, and deacon George Politis bless the tents and people before the start of the Greek Festival along with Angelo Pete Politis, who is representing "The Warriors of Greece." T. Ortega Gaines, ogaines@charlotteobserver.com
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