Friday’s Chasco Fiesta events featured a coronation ball and a Native American Pow Wow, among other festivities.
During the ball, which was held at banquet hall, Queen Chasco and King Pithla were crowned. This year’s honor went to Judith Koutsos and Chuck Grey.
The annual naming of Queen Chasco and King Pithla dates back to 1922, the year of the first .
“I never expected that, out of all those women, they would’ve chose me,” Koutsos said.
Koutsos, an ower of Spartan Manor, has been a well-known advocate for the arts in New Port Richey and she currently serves as president of Daughters of Penelope, the largest women’s philanthropic organization in the world, Koutsos said.
Grey was equally excited about his coronation.
“It is quite an honor to be chosen out of a room of people who have dedicated hundreds and hundreds of hours to this community,” he said.
is one of the main organizers for Chasco Fiesta and has helped plan it for the past 15 years. He said the festival takes eight months to plan. He also coaches various youth sports teams in New Port Richey and helped create the James E. Grey Park, named after his father.
Earlier in the evening, the first of several Native American Pow Wows to be performed over the weekend was held in.
Hoop, jingle and fancy dancing were all on display, and crowd participation was encouraged throughout the event.
Additional pow wows featuring dancers and vendors will be held Saturday and Sunday, with the winners of pow wow contests to be announced Sunday night.For a full schedule and detailed info on upcoming Chasco events, visit http://www.chascofiesta.com.
See some of the scenes from the night in our photo gallery above.