The annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest, sponsored by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, celebrates the historic importance of the conch in the Keys, where the far-reaching sounds from conch shells were used by the Calusa Indians for communication, by sailors as fog horns, and by early Key West citizens to signal salvagers that a sinking ship was spotted offshore.

Also called the “Conch Honk,” there is no cost to enter or to compete, and no experience is necessary. Conch shells are available for purchase for those who do not have their own. Contestants are encouraged to register for the event at the Oldest House from 11:30 to 1:00 pm on or before the day of the event. For further information call 395-294-9501.

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