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Time to count your chickens in downtown Gainesville
Annual Spring Chicken Festival set for April 25
Perry Troutman and her grandmother, Marion Dandy, wear chicken hats made by students of Tracy Troutman, an art teacher at Fair Street Elementary School. Proceeds from the hats and scarves raise money for fifth-graders to go to Tybee Island and study coastal Georgia, Tracy Troutman said.

Spring Chicken Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25

Where: downtown Gainesville

Cost: Free

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Floats decorated with a poultry theme and chicken doused with a plethora of barbecue sauce are only  a couple of items visitors to downtown Gainesville can experience Saturday, April 25, at the Spring Chicken Festival.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the city’s square. Activities will include a parade, barbecue chicken cook-off and art market titled “ReHatched.”

The Chicken City Parade will kick off the event at 10:30 a.m. This year participants can enter the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Float Contest.” Judging will be based on creativity and ability to incorporate recycled and repurposed materials into the design.

Winners will be featured on the website and social media pages of Gainesville and Downtown Gainesville. The winning float design will be announced on stage during the festival. 

Starting at 11 a.m. visitors to the square may taste samples from teams entered in the 11th annual Chicken City Cook-off. Cluck cards will be available for $5 each, or $20 for a family pack of five. Each cluck card will be valid for 10 chicken cook-off samples.

The cook-off is divided into two categories: professional and backyard barbecue. Then each chicken entry will be judged on appearance, taste and texture.

Prizes will award to each division at 4 p.m. The winner of the People’s Choice Award Showmanship and Grand Champion will receive $1,000 and possession of the Chicken City Cup for a full year. All of the chicken is provided by Keep Hall Beautiful. 

The arts and craft market, Re-Hatched, returns for another year with all art pieces being recycled art. Everything sold must be made of 80 percent recycled, repurposed, upcycled or reclaimed materials. This year will be the market’s third year at the Spring Chicken Festival.

And while visitors are being treated to the sights of art and tastes of chicken, their ears will hear live music throughout the day.

Children will not be left out of the festivities. A kids zone will be set up.

For more information, visit or check out the Spring Chicken Festival page on Facebook.