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April 25, 2013

Annual Spring Fling day of fun in Leonard Park

Gainesville — The City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department and the Frank Buck Zoo are partnering to host the 14th annual “Spring Fling” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in Leonard Park.

The day will be filled with arts and crafts offerings including handmade baby shoes, jewelry and beads, bluebird house and bird feeders, seed bombs, handmade wooden crosses, hair bows/halos, candles, and face painting.

Festival foods are always a popular draw for the annual family-friendly event. Menus items will include corn dogs, funnel cakes, brisket tacos, twisted taters, snow cones, cotton candy, Fuzzy’s Tacos and more.

The Frankie Schmitz Express Train will operate its regular spring schedule.  The Express has been a treat for park visitors since July 2000 when it made its inaugural run.   

The train is a replica of an 1843 locomotive that had a wood-burning engine.  

It was constructed in San Marcos in 1971 and operated in Wimberley until it was obtained by the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation of 1999.  Thousand of folks have enjoyed riding the Express.

The Frank Buck Zoo will offer giraffe feedings at 10:30 a.m. and animal encounters throughout the day.  

The zoo will be open for regular hours 9  a.m. to 5 p.m. with regular entrance prices.

The City of Gainesville encourages residents and guests to experience a fun-filled day in historic Leonard Park.  For more information contact  Patrick McCage or Adrienne Fleming at 668-4530 or send an email message to afleming@cogtx.org.

 

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