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Spring Chicken Festival to close select roadways

Spring Chicken Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Downtown Gainesville
How much: Free family activities; admission to cookoff sample area $10 adults, $5 children, ages 4 and younger free
Contact: 770-531-1102

Spring Chicken Festival 5K
When: Saturday; registration and packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m., race begins at 9 a.m.
Where: Wild Wing Cafe parking lot, 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW, Gainesville
How much: $25 per person
Contact: Call 770-533-1128, visit to register

Gainesville will be celebrating this Saturday. But for those not joining the Spring Chicken Festival activities, be aware that a few roads around town will be closed.

The eighth annual festival and second annual parade will be held on the square. Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with a grand opening for the Midtown Greenway and a 5K race. The parade starts at 11 a.m.

Roads along the parade route will be closed 10:30 a.m. to noon and include an area from Washington Street at Green Street to Main Street and Spring Street.

Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, public information officer with the Gainesville Police Department, said officers will be on hand to assist with traffic and pedestrian control.

Cindy Reed, executive director of Keep Hall Beautiful, which puts on the festival, said she thinks the parade route could have a positive effect for the merchants around the square.

“I can’t help but think they’ll wander into stores while they’re waiting,” Reed said.

Reed said officials are expecting a good turnout this year of about 3,000.

The festival will have an all-you-can-eat chicken cookoff for $10, and the public will help to judge which team made the best chicken. The event also includes children’s activities and arts and craft vendors.

All proceeds will benefit the Keep Hall Beautiful tree grant, which allows the group to plant canopy trees at various locations.

Reed said her group has planted 279 trees in Hall County through the grant.

The proceeds also will help educate elementary school children about recycling.

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