Adult winners pose with their Pasta Pantaleo paintings following the 20th annual Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge on Sept. 29, 2019 at the Elks Lodge in Tavernier. WEEKLY FILE PHOTO

Grab one of the last known bargains in the Keys: Only 70 spots are available in the Rotary Club of Key Largo’s Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge.

Fees this year are $135 per adult angler, 18 and up, $60 for junior anglers 13-17 and $30 for kids 12 and under.

Registration includes an awards banquet catered by Doc’s Diner; a performance, moisture-wicking long-sleeve fishing shirt; a Friday night captain’s party with appetizers and the opportunity to win signature framed art awards by Pasta Pantaleo for the largest redfish, snook and trout caught during the weekend. 

If you’re not a backcountry “a-fish-ionado,” you can show your support by buying a $45 ticket to the awards party with dinner and a silent auction. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Key Largo Civic Club.   

Tournament proceeds support vocational scholarships for Upper Keys residents of all ages, and Take Stock in Children scholarships for financially-challenged, college-bound Upper Keys youth. The Florida legislature doubles every dollar donated, so a $500 donation becomes $1,000 in scholarship money.Visit to register.

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