Bestowing a crown upon a Key West resident to become king and queen of Fantasy Fest is an annual fundraising event benefiting AIDS Help, a local non profit agency, and has raised nearly $5 million dollars since its inception.
The official campaign kick off will be on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Southernmost House where the candidates will make their first public appearance and begin raising money for AIDS Help.
A wildly-varied array of events held over 8 weeks are individually staged by candidates, as well as all-candidate events that unite the campaigns, including a spin on the 'American Idol' singing competition, a randy and raucous Sunday BINGO, a Saturday Red Shirt Run in September and mixers at familiar island venues.
The Royal Court, their support staff and other key agency supporters all appear prominently in the Saturday evening Duval Street parade on a float designed specifically to highlight their financial achievement.
The Royal Coronation Dinner is held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the new Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront where the candidates who raise the most money for AIDS Help will be crowned.
Candidate information and links coming soon
AIDS Help is a non-profit community-based organization, provides case-managed health care, affordable housing and housing assistance, food, counseling, referral and support services for HIV-infected residents of the Florida Keys. The agency also conducts health education and HIV risk reduction outreach programs aimed at reducing the impact of HIV infection throughout Monroe County, Florida.