GREEKFEST RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA SEPT. 16, 17 & 18, EVENT TO FEATURE FOOD, MUSIC & FAMILY FUN, THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND OVER THREE DAYS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced it will again host the annual Pasadena GreekFest over a three-day period, Sept. 16, 17 & 18. The popular event features all things Greek. From food, to live music and folk dancing, GreekFest will also offer a children’s fun zone.

“Bringing the GreekFest back to Santa Anita last year was a tremendous success,” said Jim Christos, of the GreekFest promotional committee.

“This year, we’re going to have an expanded kids’ fun zone along with authentic homemade Greek food and live music. We’re also very excited to bring a group of talented musicians from Greece and New York City. Additionally, we’re going to have a multiplex TV sports bar and cigar lounge, which should be a lot of fun. All people have to do is bring their appetite and dancing shoes and we’ll all celebrate!”

Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in nightly raffles, featuring a wide range of prizes including Westfield Santa Anita Mall Gift Cards, Apple iPads, a Samsung 51” 3D HD TV, and a Grand Prize Dream Travel Certificate worth $2,500, which can be taken as cash if the winner prefers.

In addition to the GreekFest, all adult (18 and over) attendees will have an opportunity to watch and wager on world-class racing from across North America as Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering. Races will be offered from tracks such as Belmont Park, Arlington Park, Louisiana Downs and nearby Fairplex Park.

Operating hours will vary slightly each day, as the Festival will be open on Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. On Saturday, Sept. 17, it will operate from noon to 1 a.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 18, it’ll be open from noon to 10 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to enter at Gate 3, on Santa Anita’s south side, which is fed by Holly Avenue and Huntington Drive.

The Pasadena GreekFest attracts thousands of people annually and it serves as the Pasadena-based St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church’s primary fundraiser.

For more information on the Pasadena GreekFest, those interested are encouraged to visit www.PasadenaGreekFest.org, or call (626) 449-6943. Those seeking additional information can also inquire at www.Saint-Anthonys.org.

Live horseracing will return with Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. 30. First post is 1 p.m.

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