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11Alive morning show visits Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- 11Alive News brought its morning show to northern Hall County for the first time Friday.

The crew broadcast live from downtown Gainesville and met the town's colorful cast of characters, including Santa Claus, Cheerio the Clown and a giant chicken.

PHOTOS | 11Alive visits Gainesville

The county seat of Hall County is known as the poultry capital of Georgia. It is a popular place to live, thanks to its thriving economy and excellent schools.
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The sweet smell in Gainesville's air is due in part to that economy -- but can also be attributed to the Wrigley's plant on the outskirts of town. 11Alive's Jeremy Campbell visits Gainesville's Wrigley's plant.

Gainesville High School's football team won the 2012 Region AAAAA state championship. Its mascot, the Red Elephant, was voted Georgia's best high school mascot by USA TODAY.
WATCH | Gainesville HS cheerleaders  

Gainesville is also home to Brenau University, a private school that began as a women's college.
WATCH | Brenau University athletic cheerleaders

But the town may be best known for its Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club. Gainesville hosted the canoe and kayak events during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Jeremy Campbell meets some of Gainesville's kayakers.

The club is getting ready for this year's Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, which will be held Sept. 14 

Friday morning, Gainesville shared the best it has to offer with 11Alive. Chef Scott Dixon from Scott's Downtown restaurant prepared a delicious yellowfin tuna and crab tower for Elle Duncan to sample.
Scott's Downtown

Local painter Amanda Lovett spent the morning creating a beautiful landscape.
WATCH | Amanda Lovett paints on the square

Some talented young people from the Northeast Georgia School of Music & Dance performed live on the show. Charlie Barrett sang Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel," while three dancers did a fun number inspired by the bouquet toss at a wedding.
WATCH | Charlie Barrett
School of Music & Dance dancers

The Gainesville School of Gymnastics girls flipped for the crowd, while a group from Alchemy Drumming & Dance did a belly dancing routine.
WATCH | Gainesville gymnasts

Gainesville was the 19th stop on 11Alive's This is Home summer tour. Past visits include Brookhaven, Suwanee, College Park, Cartersville, Lilburn, Marietta, Decatur/Druid Hills, McDonough, Cumming, Duluth, Powder Springs, Douglasville, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Downtown Atlanta, Norcross, Dallas and Stockbridge.

Next week, the show will return to Cobb County and broadcast live from Smyrna.

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