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How the square is getting involved in this year's Spring Chicken Festival
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Attendees gather on Saturday, April 28, 2018, during the 14th Annual Spring Chicken Festival in downtown Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

The party doesn’t have to stop after the Gainesville Spring Chicken Festival on Saturday, April 27.

Once the event comes to a close, Gainesville Business Coalition will unleash a lineup of bands and activities on the square from 4:30-10 p.m.

“We want everyone to be able to experience the Spring Chicken Festival, then come and experience what the square is known for,” said Endrick Ordonez, owner of Love Is All You Knead.

Let There Be Rock Schools will turn the volume up at 5 p.m.

Post-Spring Chicken Festival

What: Gainesville Business Coalition’s after-party

When: 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday, April 27

Where: Gainesville square

Kyle Sanders, owner and director of the rock school, said instead of his students playing, the set will be performed by instructors.

Sticking with the Spring Chicken Festival’s theme, he said the band will incorporate country music in addition to the school’s rock songs.

“The events on the square seem to be a success and everyone seems to be loving it and coming together for it,” Sanders said.

Live Well will perform at 6 p.m., followed by Joe Hall at 8 p.m. and Redneck Blonde at 9 p.m.

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Joe Hall

Ordonez said the idea to host the event was inspired by the Spring Chicken Festival relocating to Longwood Park. Wanting to bring people back to the square, the Business Coalition decided to hold an after-party. Shuttle services will be provided for those traveling between the square and Longwood Park.

Aimee Hoecker, co-owner of Downtown Drafts, said the Business Coalition’s last concert starring Fly Betty Band, packed the square with nearly 2,500 people. She hopes Saturday’s event will draw larger crowds.

“We’re just excited to continue the momentum,” Hoecker said. “We want to keep it going and give people something to look forward to every year.”

ChopBLOCK Food and Spirits, a sports bar in downtown Gainesville, will hold its soft opening 30 minutes before the event starts. Robert Knapp Jr., owner of the business, said the restaurant will keep a smaller menu that day and save its full menu for the grand opening.

He said the grand opening’s date hasn’t been officially released.

ChopBLOCK will additionally host autograph sessions at 5 p.m. Saturday with University of Georgia sports legends: David Greene, Willie Anderson and Phil Schaefer.

When ChopBLOCK first started renovating its building in late December, Mike Mills, the restaurant’s general manager, aimed to open in early February.

Knapp said the reason he continued to delay the opening was due to the state of the building.

“In order to renovate an older building, it just takes time,” he said. “We put a lot of time and energy into it and we really want to make it an attractive place for people to come to.”

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