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Area festivals to cause traffic adjustments

POSTED: April 24, 2014 11:44 p.m.

If you’re planning to be in the downtown Gainesville area Saturday, schedule some extra time to get where you’re going.

With the Spring Chicken Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a number of other events going on around town, traffic is likely to be even more of a hassle than usual.

The festival kicks off with a 5-kilometer run, followed by the Chicken City Parade around the square.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., so the square will close shortly before that time.

“We try to keep it open until the last minute,” said Catiel Felts, communications and tourism manager for the city of Gainesville.

The square will be closed from about 10:15-11 a.m. for the parade, she said.

“After the parade is over, Washington Street will be open, so you can drive down Washington Street, but you can’t turn in to the square,” Felts said.

She said people coming to the square for the festival are encouraged to park in either the Hall County parking deck or the Brenau Downtown Center parking deck.

Other events around town this weekend include the Longstreet Bivouac from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St., Gainesville; the Muddy Duck Dash at 8 a.m. Saturday on the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood; and a Rock in the Spring concert by the band Mid Life Crisis, with gates opening at 6 p.m. at the Brenau University amphitheater. 

If you want to avoid the crush of people, skip any plans in Flowery Branch or Dahlonega, too. The South Hall city will have a spring festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in its downtown area, and the mountain town will have its Bear on the Square festival Friday through Sunday.

For those planning to enjoy the activities, the forecast calls for sunny skies and highs in the 80s.


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