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36th Annual Hemingway Days Set For July 19-24, 2016

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Whether composing novels in his Whitehead Street writing studio or fishing for big game in local waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway left a powerful legacy in Key West. His zest for life, literary accomplishments and enduring affection for the island he called home throughout the 1930s are to be commemorated Tuesday through Sunday, July 19-24, 2016, during the annual Hemingway Days celebration.

Scheduled events include a look-alike contest for stocky white-bearded men resembling Hemingway, readings and book signings, an awards ceremony for the renowned literary competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, a commemoration of the 117th anniversary of Ernest's July 21 birth, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a zany "Running of the Bulls" and a three-day marlin tournament recalling Hemingway's devotion to the deep-sea sport.

During his Key West residence, Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his most enduring works and spent his leisure hours fishing and socializing with local and literary cohorts. Each year, fans of his writing and exuberant lifestyle come together for Hemingway Days.

Hemingway Days 2016 Updates & Information

Photos from the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

Charlie Boice

Charlie Boice beams after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla.

Charlie Boice

Charlie Boice, center, is congratulated by previous victors after winning the 2015 contest. Boice finally won after trying for 15 years, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and two final rounds.

Matt Collins

Matt Collins takes a selfie while competing in the semi-final round.

Richard Filip

Supporters of Richard Filip cheer on their contestant during the final round.


Five finalists congratulate each other on the stage. From left are Dave Hemingway, Charlie Boice, Richard Filip, Frank Kramer and Michael Groover, husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen.

Running of the Bulls

Ernest Hemingway Look-Alikes proceed on Duval Street during the annual "Running of the Bulls", a whimsical and much safer answer to the event's namesake in Pamplona, Spain.

Photos by Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau

For information on how to compete in the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, visit

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