It's not all Greek ... it's Hispanic, too

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There was no shortage of cultural activities Saturday in downtown Augusta.

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Wearing traditional Greek costumes, members of the Eleftheria dance troupe raise their hands during a performance at the Greek Festival. The group is from Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, Ga.  databaseTools.epl
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Wearing traditional Greek costumes, members of the Eleftheria dance troupe raise their hands during a performance at the Greek Festival. The group is from Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, Ga.

At the Augusta Common, the Hispanic Festival drew crowds as people watched dance performances, participated in a Latin America pop quiz and enjoyed Hispanic food.

For Chris Connor, of Augusta, the atmosphere reminded him of the American Southwest.

"I used to live in Arizona and used to speak Spanish a little," Mr. Connor said. "I try to come every year because the atmosphere reminds me of that area. It's a lot of fun."

First-timer Felicia Hodges, of Augusta, said she wonders why she hadn't come before.

"My daughter came out to do an assignment for school, so I came along," she said. "I'm glad I did. I'm enjoying the festivities and the friendly atmosphere. I'm coming back next year."

The event gave Robert Hernandez and his family from North Augusta an opportunity to spend time with friends who were visiting from Orlando, Fla.

"We were looking for something to do, so we decided to come out," he said. "We're enjoying the food. It's very good."

Vendors sold a variety of food such as rice and beans, kabobs and tacos.

Meanwhile, a few blocks away, the Greek Festival offered its patrons traditional Greek food such as baklava, gyros and spanakopitas.

"I like the food, especially the gyro," said Julianna Wren, 10.

Her twin brother, C.B., was impressed by the inflatables.

"It was so awesome!" he said.

Julianna and C.B. come every year with their grandmother Barbara Smith, of Martinez.

"We really enjoy the food, the dancing, everything they have to offer," Ms. Smith said. "It's very well organized."

The festival, held behind Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, also featured traditional dances and music and vendors selling Greek items.

"I came because I like Greek food and I wanted to learn more about the culture," said Beatrice Harris, of Milledgeville.

She and her grandchildren were also going to attend the Hispanic Festival, she said.

"Today, we wanted to take full advantage of all the cultural events," she said.

The Greek Festival continues at noon today at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 953 Telfair St.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

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