KEY WEST — A Colorado man, competing in his late father’s honor, won the men’s division of the 52nd annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest on Saturday afternoon in Key West.
Michael Cox, 38, of Pueblo, triumphed by blowing a long, melodic, two-toned blast on the fluted, pink-lined shell his father used to win almost 30 years ago. He followed it with an excerpt from George Gershwin 1935 classic “Summertime” played on a smaller shell.
“In 1986 my father, James ‘Whistle’ Cox, was about the same age that I am today, so it was on my bucket list to come to Key West and do my duty and reclaim the family trophy,” Michael Cox said.
The contest attracted entrants ranging from age 3 to 77. The group winner was the Boca Chica Conchestra.