DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The first full weekend of September always means one thing around the Miami Valley. It is festival time.
A vast array of choices await you among some of the most popular festivals of the year.
The only trouble you'll have is deciding which one to attend or whether to fill up the gas tank and trek from one to the other.
The annual Greek Festival kicked off its 55th year Friday at the Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton.
You can load up on pastries, gyros, raffle prizes and live music. Organizers say it is always a good thing to arrive there first.
"The first day is the biggest lunch. Friday is the biggest lunch because a lot of people work downtown and come in for lunch and everybody comes in Friday so they can find everything. They don't want us to run out of things," said Leula Karras, Greek Festival.
Once you get your Greek fix, head to the annual Italian Fall Festa in Kettering at 2625 County Line Road. It's the place for Italian goodies from spaghetti dinners and wine to a round of bocce.
What might be the messiest of all festival events will be the spaghetti eating contest on Sunday afternoon at 3:00. There is sure to be a run on wet naps.
Beer is flowing at the Vandalia Oktoberfest and it is all things popcorn in Beavercreek.
The Popcorn Festival features craft booths, food and entertainment. It is located along Dayton-Xenia Road between Fairfield Road and Meadow Bridge.
One last bit of good news. The weather should be great. Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis says temperatures will warm into the 80s and there is only a slight chance of rain on Sunday.
So, the bottom line is this: wear a stretchy pair of pants to accomodate all the goodies and beware of the sugar high.
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