Gainesville’s annual Spring Fling brought an estimated 3,500 visitors to Leonard Park on Saturday, providing the crowds with live music and more than 40 craft vendors.
“It was fantastic,” said Patrick McCage, City of Gainesville parks and recreation director. “We had an awesome crowd and the train was full all day.”
Spring Fling, now a Gainesville staple, provides local craft and food vendors with a showcase for their work and features live entertainment in the city park for parents and children. McCage said one notable highlight of this year’s Spring Fling was the “human hamster ball,” an item of six feet high that allowed participants to climb into it and roll around like a hamster.
He also credited the Gainesville High School band for performing music on site and a group of school-aged children who performed Mexican folkloric dancing in a nod to Cinco de Mayo. Preparations, he added, are already underway for Spring Fling 2014.
“We’re going to start planning next year for the first Saturday in May,” he said.