The Roanoke Greek Festival entertains thousands every year, but before the annual event can serve up authentic Greek cuisine a group of committed volunteers have work to do.
Wednesday afternoon, cooks were in a kitchen filled with bags of onions and cans of tomato paste.
The parking lot was busy as well. Church member and volunteer Greg Apostolou was giving the counters a fresh coat of paint, while crews were setting up the tents.
"It's important for our church to grow," Apostolou told WDBJ7. "And I think it helps in the community that we put ourselves out a little bit... I think it's just a wonderful thing and people enjoy it."
Running the festival requires an army of volunteers. Pete Simopoulos is the Festival Chairman. "We have about 465 positions to fill this weekend in our three-day event," Simopoulos told WDBJ7. "And we have about 125 members in our church, so it's quite a feat," he laughed.
The Roanoke Greek Festival begins Friday September 20 at 11:00 am, and continues through Sunday evening at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Huntington Boulevard.