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If the Florida Azalea Festival isn’t enough recreation to round out your weekend, you’re in luck.

There’s a Whale of a Sale in Jacksonville tomorrow – Jacksonville’s largest indoor garage sale, in fact. Details below.

How about a festival at the first shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the US?

You’ll be heading to St. Augustine for that.

If fact, St. Augustine has a few events on tap that may just be the ticket for you and the family.

It’s not everywhere that you can go to the rodeo and go for a ride in a real pirate ship.

As always, keep reading.

GJE

  • 23rd Annual Whale of a Sale – Sat., Mar. 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Grounds & Expo Center, 510 Fairgrounds Pl., Jacksonville, Fla. Parking $5 on Saturday. Admission: $2. The Junior League of Jacksonville's largest fundraiser features gently used merchandise, including furniture, appliances, house wares, clothing, toys and more at a value. For more information, please visit jljacksonville.org.
  • 29th Annual Mission of Nombre de Dios Cathedral Festival – Fri., Feb. 28-Sun., 5-10:30 p.m., Sat., Mar. 1, Noon-10:30 p.m. & Sun., Mar. 2, Noon-9 p.m. Mission of Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: Adults $5, Kids 11-17 & Seniors 65+ $3, Kids 10 & under, active duty military get FREE, Ride tickets $1 each, most rides take 4-6 tickets. Midway rides, games, bingo, a silent auction, food, a fireworks show and live entertainment. For more information, please visit thecathedralfestival.com and missionandshrine.org.
  • Aarrgg! There’s buried treasure on Vilano Beach – Sat., Mar. 1, 2:15 p.m. Pirate Ship Black Raven, 111 F Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: Adults $34.95, Kids $24.95. Catch the Black Raven at the Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration for the Treasure Hunt Trip departing from the City Marina. Kids search for buried treasure on Vilano Beach. Kids provided with a pirate hat, treasure map and a shovel and sent out in quest of treasure. Once they find and dig up the treasure chest, ye hearties bring it back to the pier and put it on display until the Black Raven returns. Then the pirate crew opens the treasure chest onboard the Black Raven during the return trip to port. For more information, please visit www.PirateShipBlackRaven.
  • Association for Practical & Professional Ethics International Conference – Sat., Mar. 1, 9 a.m. , Repeats Sun., Mar, 2. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 E. Coastline Dr., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: Please visit website. Scholarship, education and practice in practical and professional ethics in a wide variety of areas: business, law, medicine, research, social work, and more. Special panel by the Jacksonville Ethics Commission. For more information, please email appe@indiana.edu or visit appe.indiana.edu.
  • World Wide Rodeo – Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m. St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Rd. 207, Elkton, Fla. Admission: Adults $12, Kids 6-12 $7. Calf roping, team roping, bull riding chute dogging and barrel racing. FREE calf scramble for children 10 & younger. For more information, please call 904-845-7492.

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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: kt.4examiner@yahoo.com

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