Are you getting ready for pumpkin carving? Want to test out your skills? Head down to Key Largo in their annual Underwater Pumpkin carving contest which will take place on October 8 in the waters off Key Largo.
Their focus is to fashion the gourd into a “political pumpkin head” best resembling a candidate in this year’s presidential campaign.
Equipped with dive knives as tools and ideas in their heads, crafty carvers are to descend 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to transform the naturally buoyant fruit into masterful sculptures with frightening facial features.
As shreds of pumpkin flesh float away from the two-person teams’ knife-paring action, quick-swimming reef fish are likely to dart in for a nibble and a closer look.
The top three buddy teams that create pumpkins praised by the experienced judges, who double as the crew of the Amoray Diver dive boat, can win prizes including a dive trip for two and fashionable swag.
Divers can join the fun at Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort at mile marker 104.5. The entry fee is $85 per certified diver for the two-location dive including tanks, weights and snorkel equipment. Check-in time is 8 a.m. and the boat departs at 8:30 a.m.
Space is limited, so contestant divers are encouraged to sign up early for the special event.