Haunting of fort starts Friday
The Friends of Fort Taylor will present the 12th Annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor Friday through Oct. 20 and again on Oct. 24, 25, 27, 30 and 31. Show times are 8 to 11 p.m. (midnight on Halloween night). The Vampires' Ball is Saturday, and is free for adults with admission to "The Haunt." Prizes will be given for best costume. Kids' Day is from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and is free for everyone with regular park admission. Prizes will be given for best costume and there will be a magic show and candy parade. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 military, and $8 children 12 and younger. Kids under 5 are free. Monies raised by "The Haunt" benefit the restoration of the historic Civil War fort. For more information, or to volunteer, visit hauntedkeywestfort.com.
Story contest seeks entries
The Key West Writers' Guild, in conjunction with ART KEY WEST announces a new fictional short story contest with cash prizes. First prize is $500 cash, second prize is $100 cash and a $100 dining certificate to Salute. Third place wins a $75 dining certificate to Banana Café. There is a limit of 50 entries.
Stories must be 2,500 words or less. The entry fee is $25. All manuscripts must be received in the Key West Writers Guild post office box by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.
Winners will be announced during the ART KEY WEST festival. For full details on eligibility, submissions, judging and rules, visit keywestwritersguild.org and click on the short story contest link.
Stone crab contest adds team challenge
The third annual Stone Crab Eating Contest has added a team challenge to its individual contest. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina 35th Street gulf side in Marathon. Proceeds from the team challenge will benefit the Dolphin Research Center's education programs.
The contest is open to amateur eaters only. Teams of two will partner to crack and eat 25 stone crab claws, picking them completely clean in the fastest time. Entrants may use provided shell crackers or the back of a spoon.
To register for the team challenge or make a donation, visit any of the nine Capital Bank locations in the Keys. The team entry fee is $100. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age.
For more information, visit www.keysfisheries.com.