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Pioneer Days Cardboard Boat Races and Paddle-Pallooza — Saturday morning (Aug. 31) at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winston Ave., Englewood. Registration starts at 8 a.m.M, racing heats start at 9 a.m. Free for Pram Division (ages 10 and under); $20 registration for Sunfish Division (ages 11-15), $25 for World Cup (all other registrants); Paddle Board registration is $5. Rules and registration form: englewoodpioneerdays.com/cardboard.html.

Gulfport's 13th Annual Geckofest — 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 31). Hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians on two stages, plus live mermaids, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, fire dancers and more in the Pinellas County village of Gulfport. A kids zone will take up an entire block. A whimsical parade begins at 5:30 in front of the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. Free. (727) 322-5217; geckofest.com.

100 Food Truck Festival — 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 31) at Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Generation Food Truck and the Florida State Fair Authority are teaming for what organizers are saying will break the Guinness World Record for most food trucks in one spot; the previous record was 62 trucks, set in April at Magic City Casino in Miami. There will be more than 100 gourmet food trucks, plus free live music and a kids zone. With the start of college football this weekend, the festival will also feature a sports bar complete with TVs and refreshments. Free admission; $6 for parking, and trucks charge individually for food and drinks. (813) 562-9599; GreatFoodTruckFest.com.

North River Rolling Renegades vs. Dub City Derby Girls — 6 p.m. Saturday (Aug 31). Stardust Skate Center, 2571 12th St., Sarasota. $12 (kids 8 and under free). Action starts at 6:30. Stardust is collecting school supplies for Sarasota County students. northriverrollingrenegades.com.

Historic Spanish Point — 7-10 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 31). The Steve Arvey Band performs at the Osprey venue. Bring a cooler and lawn chair and watch the sunset. 337 N. Tamiami Trail. 966-5214; HistoricSpanishPoint.org.

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