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More than 12,000 people brought their appetite to the world's largest spaghetti dinner at Fayetteville's Greek Orthodox Church.(WRAL-TV5 News)
FAYETTEVILLE — The line for a spaghetti dinner has been long all day in Fayetteville. By the time it is all over, more than 12,000 people will have a taste of tradition.

The Greek Orthdox Church has held the world's largest spaghetti dinner for 42 years, and it gets bigger every year.

"I would wait in a mile-long line for it. I've been doing it for 15 years, and I love it," says patron Daniel McPhail.

It is a labor of love with 3,500 pounds of spaghetti and 800 gallons of sauce. Everyone has their reasons for coming out to the annual feast.

"The whole community gets involved in this. It's a fun event, plus we make money for different charities," says organizer Pete Skenteris.

Many say the event is as much about the people as it is the pasta. Patrons can also pick up the traditional baklava.

"A lot of people try to fix it, but this doesn't come close to ours," says baker Margaret Pappas.


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