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37th Annual Hemingway Days Set For July 18-23, 2017

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 18-23, 2017, 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 118th 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 2017 Updates & Information

Photos from the 2016 Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest

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Dave Hemingway, center, receives smooches from Charlie Boice, left, and Wally Collins, right, after Hemingway (no relation to Ernest Hemingway) won the 2016 Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest. Success for Dave Hemingway came on the Macon, N.C., resident's seventh attempt to win the coveted title at Sloppy Joe's Bar.

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Dave Hemingway, center, poses for smartphone photos with celebrity chef Paula Deen, left, and her husband (and fellow contestant) Michael Groover, right, after Dave Hemingway won the 2016 Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest.

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Frank Kramer, left, implores the judges to choose him to be the winner of the 2016 Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Kramer didn't win but was among five finalists of the contest that attracted 140 entrants and was the highlight of the subtropical island's Hemingway Days festival.

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Supporters of Michael Groover and Richard Filip cheer for their favorites at the 2016 Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West. The event attracted 140 entrants.

Photos by Rob O'Neal, Florida Keys News Bureau

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

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