IN PICTURES: KEY LIMES & PIES TAKE CENTER STAGE IN ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY KEY LIME FESTIVAL

Photos by LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

For much of the week of Independence Day, lime green replaced red, white and blue as the color of choice during Key West’s annual Key Lime Festival.

From June 30 to July 4, the scent of citrus filled the air at events that included a Key Lime Pie Drop from the top of the Key West Lighthouse, lime-infused dinners, a pie-eating contest and plenty of tart cocktails.

Conceived by local author and entrepreneur David Sloan, who wrote Key West’s Key Lime Cookbook, the festival has grown to a five-day festival featuring loads of tasty events.

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.