05 October 2022
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys — Divers should pack their pumpkin carving tools when they gear up for the 24th annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest set for Saturday, Oct. 29, in Key Largo waters.
This year’s theme is “pirates” and crafty carvers are to descend to “Davy Jones’ Locker” approximately 25 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Their task: transform naturally buoyant orange pumpkins into masterful sculptures incorporating frightening facial features, playful sea creatures or traditional toothy grins.
As dive knives pare away stringy shreds of pumpkin flesh, quick-swimming reef fish typically dart in for a closer look and a nibble before the tidbits float away.
Divers can join in the competition and celebrate the fall harvest fun with Amoray Dive Resort, located at mile marker 104.5.
The top pumpkin worthy of praise from the experienced judges (who double as the crew of the Amoray Diver dive boat) earns its carver a complimentary dive trip for two.
The entry fee is $115 per certified diver for the two-location dive including tanks, weights and a pumpkin ready for carving. Check in is at 12:30 p.m. and the boat departs at 1 p.m.
Space is limited, so contestant divers are encouraged to sign up early for the special event.
Event information: amoray.com or 800-426-6729
Key Largo visitor information: fla-keys.com/keylargo or 800-822-1088
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