The inaugural Key Lime Festival kicks off on Thursday, July 3 and there are plenty of ways to participate in this Key West event. Registration is open for bakers coveting the best pie title, judges are needed for the Key Lime martini and margarita contest, speed eaters must reserve a spot for the pie eatin’ contest and the loveliest will want to enter the Miss Key Lime U.S.A. Pageant. Champions will be crowned July 4th weekend. For sign-ups and a complete schedule of events visit 

Key Lime Cocktail Contest needs judges

Do you like to drink? Do you like to judge? Do you like bar strolls? Grab a group of friends and become Sip & Stroll Judges at the 2014 Martini & Margarita Championships as 15 bars compete for the coveted Key Lime Cup. The event on Thursday, July 3 kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Green Parrot with additional stops at Kelly’s Caribbean, Island Dogs and The Other Side. The $20 entry includes drinks and judging card. (Free souvenir sampling glass for the first 50 registered judges.) Sign up at

Compete in ‘Best of’ Key Lime Pie Championships

Hundreds of restaurants claim to have the best Key Lime Pie, but only one will take home the Blue Ribbon in the 2014 Key Lime Pie Championships. Registration is now live for bakers in both commercial and independent divisions with awards and bragging rights for classic and innovative pies. Judging is based on a point system with nine criteria overseen by members of The American Pie Council. Deadline for entry is Friday, July 4. Competition and judging will take place Saturday, July 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Smokin’ Tuna, 4 Charles Street. For complete rules, registration and judging criteria visit

 Speed eaters wanted

The Key Lime Festival is now registering contenders for the 2014 Mile High Key Lime Pie Eatin’ Contest. First place trophies adorned in red, white and blue and topped with a pig will be awarded to the person who can eat an entire Key Lime Pie smothered in nearly a foot of whipped topping faster than their competition. Event kicks off Friday, July 4 at 11:30 a.m. on Greene Street in front of Old City Hall as part of the Key Lime Piestravaganza, followed by a high noon world record attempt by festival organizers and The Key West Key Lime Pie Co. to make the world’s largest Key Lime Pie.

Become the next Miss Key Lime U.S.A?

Sick of performing for your bedroom mirror? Tired of keeping your costumes, talents and vintage fashions a secret? Let the world see you shine on The World Famous Green Parrot stage for the 2014 Miss Key Lime U.S.A Pageant. Join host, Marky Pierson on Saturday, July 5 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. for the most citrus-packed pageant in the world. Every contestant is a winner, but only one will be crowned Miss Key Lime U.S.A. Registration:

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