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On Sunday, September 16,, the Upper Keys Lionfish Festival kicks off at John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo from 12pm to 4pm with live music, lionfish tastings, filleting and dissection demonstrations, a raffle, games and other activities.

The festival marks the conclusion of the lionfish derby, which begins tomorrow (September 14) as teams hunt the invasive species. An awards ceremony will be held once scoring is complete, with cash prizes of up to $6,500 to teams who bring in the most, largest and smallest lionfish.

A people's choice culinary competition gives chefs an opportunity to showcase their delicious lionfish creations and win up to $750 in prizes.

More information about the derby and festival can be found at


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Amber Nolan is a restless travel writer who calls Key West home. Her work has appeared on USA Today,, Cruise Critic, Frommers, and several other travel publications. Amber’s most unusual project involved hitchhiking on small airplanes to 49 states, during which time she spent two years on the road, or rather, “on the skyways.” She is currently working on a book that documents the unusual journey and provides insight into the aviation community. Before getting into travel writing, Amber worked for an activist, investigative newspaper in London, so joining forces with the Blue Paper allows her to go back to her muckraking roots. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism.
 September 13, 2018  Posted by at 12:03 pm Key Largo, Special Event, Water World, What To Do  Add comments

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