March 10, 2014
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Playing a Frank Sinatra classic on a conch
shell helped a local bicycle tour operator take top honors in an
unusual "musical" competition in Key West.
Lloyd Mager impressed judges at the 47th annual Conch Shell
Blowing Contest on Saturday with portions of "Strangers in the
Night," as well as the classic Hebrew folk song "Hava Nagilah"
and "The Alley Cat Song."
Mager, a 35-year-old Key West resident, likens playing a conch
shell to playing a brass instrument.
Judges evaluated contest entrants, who ranged from less than 3
years old to seniors, on the quality, novelty, duration and
loudness of the sounds they produced.
The winning group entry was an 18-piece "conchestra" whose
members blew their shells while dancing to a parody of Jimmy
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