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November 8th, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair

As the chill of autumn arrives, thoughts naturally turn to dipping battered foods into hot oil ­­– and then perhaps walking or running off those calories.

Fortunately, the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair ­began on Nov. 6 and runs through Nov. 17, featuring a plethora of deep-fried goodies, as well as traditional agricultural displays, thrilling rides, carnival games and performances by some well-known entertainers.

Entry to the fairgrounds off A. Philip Randolph Boulevard is $8 for adults; and $5 for seniors over 65 and children 6-12. An unlimited ride wristband is $25 on Fridays-Sundays; $20 on most weekdays; and $10 on Nov. 12.

This week, the fair features performances by platinum-selling, award-winning artist Sara Evans on Monday, Nov. 11; by NBC’s “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope on Tuesday, Nov. 12.; and by 1970s Southern rock favorite Molly Hatchett on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The 12-day event also includes arts and crafts, culinary contests, a LEGO train exhibit , commercial exhibitors, a country store and much more.

Veterans Day Parade

Jacksonville has a proud military heritage, and on Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11 residents have an opportunity to attend the annual Veterans Day Parade downtown and show appreciation for our military heroes.

The parade, which begins at 11 a.m., will have a new route this year – beginning at EverBank Field and running down Bay Street to Newnan Street to Independent Drive to Water Street and finishing at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

Organizers says there will be more than 4,000 participants, including grand marshals, marching bands, floats, balloons, senior military officials and plenty of active-duty and retired military units.

Florida Forum featuring Michael Lewis

The next day, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Florida Forum speakers series at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts will feature best-selling author Michael Lewis, who wrote “Moneyball,” and “The Blind Side –” both which were also made into box-office favorite films. The event gets underway at 7 p.m.

McKenzie's Run

Finally, if you still need to walk or run off that deep-fried Snickers bar from the fair, consider doing it for a good cause. The 4th Annual McKenzie’s Run 5K run will be held next Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at 10 a.m. at EverBank Field. There also will be a 1-mile fun run, starting at 9:30 a.m.

The run benefits the McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation, named for a 15-year-old girl who passed away unexpectedly in 2010. The foundation’s purpose is to help young people find their way in an increasingly challenging and complex world.

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