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(PHOTOS) Cheyenne Greek Festival returns after two years away for event to ‘eat, drink and be merry’

Cheyenne Greek Festival co-chairman George Costopoulos grills souvlaki (meat skewers) Friday at Frontier Park in Cheyenne. The Cheyenne Greek Festival returned Friday after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Cheyenne Greek Festival may have taken a couple of years off, but the energy inside the Cheyenne Frontier Days Exhibition Hall on Friday made it seem like the event was never on hiatus in the first place.

Celebrating its 35th year as an event this weekend after taking 2020 and 2021 off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cheyenne Greek Festival — originally a low-key bazaar at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on W. 27th St. before evolving into a full-scale festival — had all the sights, sounds and smells fit for a triumphant and long-awaited return.

The occasion was well-worthy of an enthusiastic “Opa” — a common Greek expression — or two.

“It’s really about, you know, kind of eat, drink and be merry,” Cheyenne Greek Festival co-chairman George Costopoulos said of the festival. “It’s just a lot of fun, it’s a celebration. … I love coming to this because I’ll see people that I haven’t seen since the last Greek Festival. So it’s almost like a homecoming.”

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Below is a Cap City News photo gallery of the event:

The Cheyenne Greek Festival on Friday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Exhibition Hall at Frontier Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)
Hats sit for sale during the Cheyenne Greek Festival on Friday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Exhibition Hall in Frontier Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)
A volunteer serves up slices of galaktoboureko (custard pie) during the Cheyenne Greek Festival on Friday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Exhibition Hall in Frontier Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)
A line of patrons treat themselves to Greek food during the Cheyenne Greek Festival on Friday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Exhibition Hall at Frontier Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)
Dancers perform a traditional Greek dance during the Cheyenne Greek Festival on Friday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Exhibition Hall in Frontier Park in Cheyenne. (Briar Napier/Cap City News)


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