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Tarpon Springs Preps For Epiphany 2013

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In the business offices of his father's insurance company, Pete Kontodiakos showed off his families Epiphany hardware.

"This is my uncle Pete, he caught it in 1969."

"This is uncle Nick, he caught it in '73."

"This is mine. I caught it in 2009."

One look around the office and you can see, the Kontodiakos' family has a knack for finding the epiphany cross...

"This is my uncle manuel, he caught it in 1976.

And over here is my dad... he caught it in '79.

Tradition says retrieving the Epiphany cross gives the finder special blessings for a year.

"The following month I signed a football scholarship to Colorado state and I have been healthy and I have had pretty good success there, said Kontodiakos who is now a senior at Colorado State University.

This weekend, Storm Team Eight meteorologist forecast a rainy and cold epiphany. But organizer Michael Koustoutis says the festival will go on.

"Rain or shine... cold... it doesn't make a difference... January 6th is when the cross is thrown."

Aleck Alissandratos remembers the year he won Epiphany...

"Ice cold! In 1977 It was the year that it snowed in Florida. I couldn't see the cross but I and I just went where the wake from where the splash and I went on top of it... I went down and actually grabbed the ribbons and pulled the cross too me."

Aleck's son won epiphany last year. And he believes bad weather shouldn't affect this years turnout...

"When you are raised around something like this. It's you highlight... it's your Epiphany... It's everything too you."

The tossing of the cross Into the Bayou is scheduled to take place around 1pm. There will be events and a festival throughout the day.

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