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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.

Hemingway Days, Key West
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. Boice finally won the contest after 15 attempts, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and two final rounds. The competition was a facet of the subtropical island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ended Sunday, July 26, 2015. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s.

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.

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Hemingway Days, Key West
Matt Collins takes a selfie Saturday, July 25, 2015, while competing in the semi-final round of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. The competition was a facet of the subtropical island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ended Sunday, July 26, 2015. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Supporters of Richard Filip cheer on their contestant during the final round of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. The competition was a facet of the subtropical island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ended Sunday, July 26, 2015. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Five finalists in the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest congratulate each other on the stage Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. From left are Dave Hemingway, Charlie Boice, Richard Filip, Frank Kramer and Michael Groover, husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Boice was chosen the winner of the competition that was a facet of the subtropical island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ended Sunday, July 26, 2015.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Charlie Boice, center, is congratulated by previous victors after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Boice finally won the contest after trying for 15 years, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and two final rounds. The competition was a facet of the island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ended Sunday, July 26, 2015. Planting a playful smooch on Boice is Wally Collins, left, the 2014 winner.

Photos by Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau

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