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60 reasons to LOVE the Dayton Greek Festival

UPDATED SUNDAY, SEPT.9: The Dayton Greek Fest has waived the admission fee for the weekend due to the weather and is offering bulk sales of some of the festivals beloved treats to take and bake at home.

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You know you have a good thing going when it hits the 60-year mark and it's still going strong. 

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Such is the case with Dayton's Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, which will throw it's 60th party the weekend after Labor Day. In honor of its 60 years, here are 60 reasons to love this beloved event.

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The Dayton Greek Festival has been a beloved Dayton festival tradition for 60 years. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

1) The setting. 

2) The live music. 

3) The dance performances. 

4) The imported beer, wine and goods from Greece. 

5) The shopping. 

6) The raffle with a $5,000 cash prize. 

7) Friday carryout lunches. 

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8) The cooking demonstrations. 

9) The costumes. 

10) The views of downtown, The Dayton Art Institute and The Masonic Temple. 

11) The communal dining. 

12) The gyros. 

13) The baklava — 12,500 pieces are made! 

Baklava for the Dayton Greek Festival, which is celebrating 60 years this year. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF (Chris Stewart/Staff Writer)

14) The Koulouria (the classic Greek butter cookie). 

15) The Loukoumades (honey puffs, similar to doughnut holes). 

16) The moussaka (a casserole-like dish made with eggplant, meat, pureed tomato and onlon). 

17) The spanakopita (spinach, feta, onions and egg wrapped in filo dough). 

18) The dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). 

19) The pastitsio (like a lasagna made with meat, tomato, cheese and spices, with tubular pasta instead of pasta sheets). 

20) The Tiropita (blended cheeses wrapped in a buttered filo dough). 

21) The Greek salads. 

22) All that feta cheese. Feta's betta! 

23) The homemade Greek salad dressing. 

24) The start of fall festival season. 

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25) Zorba Zone for kids activities. 

26) The dedicated volunteers who help put it on. 

27) The food tent. 

28) The church tours. 

29) That gorgeous church. 

The Bishop's throne (left) is flanked by stained glass windows just before the sanctuary at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park North in Dayton. The throne is reserved for visits by Metropolitan Nicolas, the Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit, which Dayton is a part of. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church organizes the annual Dayton Greek Festival, this year Sept. 11-13. LISA POWELL / STAFF

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30) The sense of community. 

31) The Greek lamb shank dinner. 

32) The pork souvlaki dinner. 

33) The Finikia (honey dipped cookies with a walnut filling). 

34) The Kataifi (shredded wheat-like buttered pastry topped with walnuts and almonds and covered in syrup). 

35) The Karithopita (walnut cake with syrup). 

36) The Tsoureki (braided sweet Greek holiday bread). 

37) Feta and watermelon salads. 

38) Baklava sundaes! 

39) The ouzo slushies. 

40) The people watching. 

41) The fact you can buy plenty of food and desserts to take home and freeze. 

42) The Greek Tycoon Band. 

43) The new logo for the festival's 60th anniversary with merchandise to match. 

44) The Kefenion and wonderfully strong Greek coffee. 

45) The Greek fries. 

46) The Greek pizza. 

47) The new and improved wine garden. 

48) The Saganaki (flaming cheese .... mmmmm ... flaming cheese). 

49) The hundreds of pounds of butter that's used. 

50) Greek wines by the bottle or the glass. 

51) The Greek Beer 

52) Kalamata olives. 

53) The cost to get in. 

54) The variety pastry box — there's something for everyone. 

Greek Pastries from the Greek Festival (Source: Contributed) (Amelia Robinson/Seen and Overheard)

55) The generations of families working together for their church. 

56) Chocolate baklava. 

57) The original skyline chili dog — the original recipe was created by a Greek. 

58) Drinking and eating for a good cause. 

59) It's 60 years old and going strong. 

60) Being Greek for a day — OPA!

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WANT TO GO?

Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 500 Belmonte Park N., Dayton 

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept 8; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. 

Cost: Free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Admission for the remainder of the festival is $2 per adult for the entire weekend. Entry is free for children 12 and younger. 

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