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October 2012

33rd Annual Fantasy Fest

October 19, 2012 - October 28, 2012
33rd Annual Fantasy Fest,
Key West, FL United States

An outrageous, 10-day celebration, this year themed “A-Conch-Alypse,” featuring costume competitions, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade with marching groups and lavish floats.

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Goombay Fantasy Fest World Famous Street Festival

October 19, 2012 - October 20, 2012
Goombay Fantasy Fest World Famous Street Festival,
Key West, FL United States

The rich Caribbean tradition that flavors Key West’s culture is to be celebrated during the 31st annual Goombay Festival. The exuberant street party showcases island arts and crafts, music and food in the heart of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Goombay weekend marks the beginning of 10-day Fantasy Fest, the island city’s masking and costuming gala scheduled Oct. 19-28.

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11th Annual Casting for Cats Women’s Backcountry Tournament

October 19, 2012 - October 20, 2012
11th Annual Casting for Cats Women’s Backcountry Tournament,
Islamorada, FL United States

For more than a decade the Casting for Cats Women’s All-Tackle Backcountry Tournament has been a major fundraiser to help control the feral cat population of the Upper Keys. Female anglers earn points for catching bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish using bait, artificial lures or fly tackle. Points also are awarded for ladyfish, sharks, jacks and spotted sea trout (also known as speckled trout).

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Key Largo Pirates Festival

October 18, 2012 - October 21, 2012
Key Largo Pirates Festival,
Key Largo, FL United States

Costume contests, walk the plank, rum tasting, booty hunt, pirate show, thieves market, underwater poker and more during these three days of pirate-themed fun. Swashbuckling spectators unleash their inner buccaneer during the festivities, set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, with a Captain Morgan Look-Alike Pirate Plunder Party at Snapper’s Restaurant, mile marker (MM) 94.5. Complete events schedule listed on website.

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Stone Crab Season

October 15, 2012 - May 15, 2013
Stone Crab Season,
Florida Keys, FL United States

Those succulent claws, brought to shore fresh daily from the waters surrounding the Florida Keys, will drip with mustard dip on the chins of hungry locals and visitors. A series of food festivals during the season celebrate the sustainable seafood resource throughout the Keys.

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Bonefishing World Championship / Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish

October 8, 2012 - October 10, 2012
Bonefishing World Championship / Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish,
Islamorada, FL United States

Only 25 competitors are accepted to participate, with one angler and a licensed captain per boat. The three-day challenge is said to separate great bonefish anglers from the wannabes.

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Baybone Celebrity Tournament

October 5, 2012 - October 7, 2012
Baybone Celebrity Tournament,
Key Largo, FL United States

The second of three tournaments in the annual Redbone Trilogy, the Baybone targets permit and bonefish to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Among the celebrities who have fished recent Baybone tournaments is legendary angler Stu Apte.

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Publix Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic

October 5, 2012 - October 6, 2012
Publix Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic,
Islamorada, FL United States

A top boat prize of $5,000 cash is awarded for the greatest cumulative weight of the tournament’s target species. The second-place team earns $1,000, and other prizes include the Caribee 15k Kingfish Hook-up challenge awarding $15,000 to the first registered angler to weigh in a kingfish of more than 50.10 pounds. The challenge is limited to the first 200 entrants.

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September 2012

Triple crown of Key Largo Paddleboard Series

September 30, 2012
Triple crown of Key Largo Paddleboard Series,
Key Largo, FL United States

A sanctioned event by the World Paddle Association, this three-race stand up paddle board series is to be held September 15,16 and 30. Prizes are to be awarded the overall series winner and prizes to each individual race winner. For more information and course maps, visit website for details.

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Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge

September 28, 2012 - September 30, 2012
Take Stock in Children Backcountry Challenge,
Key Largo, FL United States

The annual challenge requires anglers fish for trout and redfish. Proceeds benefit both local Rotary scholarships and Take Stock in Children, a statewide scholarship program for children in seventh through 12th grades. Entry fee is $125 per angler, $70 for young anglers (kids and juniors are combined).

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