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The 70th Annual Greek Festival at the Ascension Community in Fairview

FAIRVIEW, NJ – The 70th Annual Greek Festival at Ascension Greek Orthodox Church in Fairview was successfully held from June 6-9.

Visitors enjoyed traditional Greek food and sweets, shopping at outdoor markets, and music and dancing.

Presiding priest Fr. Christos Pappas spoke to The National Herald and expressed everyone’s joy for the organization of the festival, the purpose of which, as he said, is the presentation and promotion of Greek traditions, morals and customs, music, cuisine and hospitality.

“Our parish festival is rightfully considered one of the most successful in New Jersey,” he said. “The visitors eagerly awaited its start so that they could all come together again to have fun and enjoy themselves. With good weather and the hospitality of the volunteers, we hope that we will have great success.”

“May everyone have a good and restful summer and we look forward to seeing everyone next year with good health,” Fr. Pappas concluded.

A group of volunteers at the Ascension Greek Festival, left to right: George Magriplis, Stelios Kontolios, Vasilis Psofakis, Parish Council President and festival manager Peter Frangiskou, George Petrakis, and Andreas Frangiskou. Photo: TNH/Michael Kakias

Parish Council President and the person in charge of the festival, Peter Frangiskou, warmly thanked the dozens of volunteers of all ages and from all community organizations (Parish Council, Philoptochos, Parents’ Association, GOYA, AHEPA) who responded so willingly to the call of the organizing committee and stated that, all proceeds will be given for the needs of the church and all its programs.

Philoptochos Society member Agni Frangiskou noted the efforts of all the members of the association for the success of the festival, making the sweets, loukoumades, traditional foods, serving the guests, cleaning, and volunteering wherever needed.

Greek School Parents and Teachers Organization member Maria Tsesmeli mentioned that parents and students help in the conduct and operation of the festival, especially in the cafe area with orders and serving.

“We help the progress of our church because we also help the well-being of our school with better programs, equipment and more,” she said.

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