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Opa! How Dancing Became a Wheeling Greek Fest Tradition


When Wheeling folk think of late summer in downtown, multi-day cultural festivals like the Wheeling Grecian Festival come to mind for its quality and consistency in atmosphere and Greek food and dance. 

Wheeling has a rich Greek history. At the turn of the twentieth century, Wheeling had so many immigrants from Greece that Center Wheeling earned the name “Greektown.” This historical and cultural presence lives on today through the St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Center Wheeling, established in 1913. 

Greek Americans, and particularly those of the Orthodox tradition, take their heritage, culture, and religion seriously, and they find great joy and purpose in serving their communities. Festivals like St. John’s are essential for Greek Americans and occur in parishes and communities all across the country.

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