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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Palm Beach (Fla.) Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival and the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune Outdoors Expo & Boat Show.

An auction of boats, vehicles and watercraft is scheduled to take place Sunday at the third annual Palm Beach (Fla.) Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

Internet and live bidding during the boat auction will be provided on more than 100 boat repossessions, short sales, dealer trades and private liquidations that will be up for sale.

The auction boat preview is all day Friday and Saturday, and the sale starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. As many as 10,000 boat enthusiasts have attended past editions of the three-day event.

Click here to pre-register to sell or buy a boat, or call (561) 844-0440.

The theme of this year's festival is “Trolling for Bargains.” Bargain hunters looking for deals can visit more than 300 booths as vendors exhibit and sell nautical and marine-related merchandise and services during the three day festival.

Along with the public boat auction, the nautical flea market will have antique collectibles and maps, marine artifacts, rods, reels, lures and lines, boating apparel, taxidermy, diving equipment and more.

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The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune Outdoors Expo & Boat Show, hosted by Frank Sargeant, celebrates its 21st year March 2-4 at the state fairgrounds.

The expo boasts 140,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, plus outdoor display areas and several lakes. This year’s event will include dozens of boat dealers and, for the first time, a huge selection of personal watercraft in addition to ATVs, motorcycles and scooters.

Also for the first time, the show will feature a stage devoted exclusively to boating concerns — from building a boat to financing a boat to servicing a boat. Experts will be available to answer questions.

Tampa Tribune outdoors correspondent Sargeant once again is the expo’s official host. A past president of the Florida Outdoors Association and the author of more than a dozen books, Sargeant is one of Florida’s most popular and respected outdoors gurus.

“The expo has something for everyone,” Sargeant said in a statement. “From the smallest angler to teens, to mom and dad, we’ll have an amazing selection of seminars, outdoors activities and merchandise. Whether you’re a real angling expert, a salty old skipper or a seasoned woodsman, there’s always something new to learn at the show, and lots of old, familiar faces to see.”

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