a group of people standing on top of a light house
The Key lime pie drop takes place July 2, with pies dropped from the top of the Key West Lighthouse in an effort to keep them intact. PHOTOS LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

This week’s Key Lime Festival in Key West featured all things sweet, tart, delicious — and airborne.

Sixty individuals and teams took part in the Key Lime Pie Drop July 2 at the Key West Lighthouse. The annual Key Lime Festival competition calls for competitors to create a device or container to protect a 5-inch diameter pie and keep it from exploding on impact when dropped about 88 feet, from the observation deck of the historic lighthouse.

This year’s event drew a larger-than-ever crowd of participants and spectators, with the Key lime pies attached to umbrellas — Mary Poppins style — and helium-filled balloons to ease their landing. One entry floated off the lighthouse property and landed next door. 

The Key Lime Festival took place June 30 to July 4, with culinary treats, bar strolls, a Key lime pie-eating contest, cookbook signings and more.

For more information and to make plans for next year, visit keylimefestival.com.

Mandy Miles
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.