Warm weather boosts festival business

Temperatures near 90 didn't stop people from heading out to some of the summer's first festivals over the weekend.

St. Andrew's Greek Festival in South Bend and Rhapsody in Green in Elkhart were both packed with hundreds of people Saturday.

"This is a beautiful June day for Indiana," said Elkhart Lions Club Member Larry Morr. "For the most part it's very economical for people and the crowd seems to be very steady."

Folks braved the heat to spend the day shopping, dancing and eating in Elkhart's Island Park.

As they walked around, many munched on sno cones, ice cream and slushies from vendors -- who had no problems landing customers.

"The weather's been perfect, especially for the things we've been selling," said Lions Club Member Romie Zanetti.

Mother nature also helped draw people to the Greek Festival at St. Andrew's Church in South Bend.

Even on a hot day, folks couldn't resist the warm, Greek food.

"We opened at noon today and we've just been busy all day," said Greek Festival Co-Chair Bill Giannakakis.

That's good news for the church because Greek Fest is the largest fundraiser of the year. And on Saturday, the church had its largest turnout yet.

Both events continue through Sunday afternoon.


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