Temecula Greek Festival celebrates Mediterranean culture in southwest Riverside County

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Traditional dancing entertains the crowds at the Temecula Greek Festival Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13. Will Fritz photo
Thousands of Temecula residents, Greek or not, descended on City Hall for the Temecula Greek Festival over the weekend of Oct. 12-13. The festival, now in its 13th consecutive year, featured lunch, desserts, beer, wine and entertainment, including music and traditional Greek dances. Niko Aue and Nick Bozonelos, both 15, were among the dancers and said they have been practicing their moves and performing at the Temecula Greek Festival since they were children. “I started getting into Greek dancing five or six years ago,” Bozonelos said. “I’ve been going here for about six years, ever since my aunt and uncle moved out here. I watched it grow from a tiny little festival to this huge event.” Aue said he’s been practicing a little longer – since he was 4 years old. And
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