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Key Lime Festival Kicks Off at Key West Lighthouse with Gravity-Defying Key Lime Pie Drop

Key West Art & Historical Society helps to catapult America’s favorite citrus celebration – the Key Lime Festival – into the lime-light on Saturday, July 1 from 11:00am-4:00pm with a free Key Lime Pie Drop contest and party at the Key West Lighthouse, located at 938 Whitehead Street. Those with a taste for engineering adventures are invited to enter for a chance at fame, fortune, a trophy and a crisp $100 dollar cash prize. Food, drinks, live music from the funky/soul band 3sum and loads of limey fun for all ages round out the kick-off competition inaugural event!

The Society and Key Lime Festival producers David Sloan and Marky Pierson invite Key West’s most creative minds to attempt to outsmart gravity by finding a way to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of the historic Lighthouse to the ground, without damaging the dessert.

There is no fee to enter and The Society will provide a 4” diameter pie. The challenge for competitors is to (advance) create a device or container to protect the pie, deliver it to the targeted area below and keep it from exploding on impact.

Sloan and Pierson will open the event with a ceremonial pie-drop at 11:00am, with registered contestants gathering at high noon to begin dropping their pies from the lofty Lighthouse platform to the target below. Points will be awarded based on factors such as where and if you land on the target and the condition of the pie when it lands.  Additional trophies will be awarded for “Most Creative Design,” “Best Decorated,” and “Best Key Lime Theme.”  Costumes are encouraged for contestants and spectators alike.

To secure your free entry and pie for the contest, register by sending an e-mail with subject: “Pie Drop” with your name and phone number to Drop a pie or just enjoy the spectacle from the ground in your favorite key lime costume, The Key Lime Kick-Off Party & Key Lime Pie Drop is a perfect day of food, fun and friends, and an event you don’t want to miss.

Sponsored in part by Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum.  Visit for rules and a full schedule of other events slotted for this year’s fest, or call Society Operations Manager Shawn Cowles at 305.295.6616 x 111.  Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 


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Key Lime Festival co-founders David Sloan and Marky Pierson (1st and 3rd from left), KWAHS Operations Manager Shawn Cowles (2nd from left) and Executive Director Michael Gieda with Kaleilee Gieda, 18 months, invite creative minds to attempt to outsmart gravity at the Key Lime Kick-Off Party & Key Lime Pie Drop, Saturday, July 1, from 11am-4pm at the Key West Lighthouse, 938 Whitehead Street.