ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL TO BE HOSTED BY SANTA ANITA, THREE-DAY GALA EXPECTED TO ATTRACT THOUSANDS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2010)—Santa Anita Park will host the annual Pasadena Greek Festival over a three-day period, Sept. 17, 18 and 19, with authentic Greek food, live music, dancing, an expanded children’s fun zone, arts and crafts, and a raffle with more than $10,000 in prizes offered.

The event, which serves as Pasadena-based St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church’s annual fundraiser, attracts thousands of people annually, including families from throughout Southern California.

In addition to the Greek Festival, all adult (18 and over) attendees will have an opportunity to watch and wager on world-class racing across North America, as Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering. Tracks such as Belmont Park, Arlington Park, Louisiana Downs and Fairplex Park will comprise the wagering menu.

The Festival will begin on Friday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. and will be open to the public until 11 p.m. On Sept. 18 and 19, operating hours will be from 12 noon to 11 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively.

Those wishing to attend the Greek Festival are encouraged to enter Santa Anita at Gate 3, which is at Holly Ave. and Huntington Dr. Admission is just $3.00 for adults and children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.

“The Festival makes for a wonderful and affordable weekend, full of great authentic Greek food and fun activities for the whole family,” said John Patzakis, of the Greek Festival promotional committee. “It’s a chance to bring the entire multi-cultural community of Pasadena together to celebrate the Greek culture.”

Those attending will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle offering over $10,000 prizes, including: A dream vacation, valued at $1,500. A 50” HDTV. One thousand dollars in cash. Two Apple iPods. Four Apple Nanos, gift certificates and additional cash and prizes.

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

Live horseracing will return to Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, Sept. 29, opening day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

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