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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 15-20, 2014, 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 115th 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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Photos by Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau

Hemingway Days, Key West
Greg Fawcett, center front, gets a congratulatory smooch from Matt Gineo, right, after being crowned the winner of the 2012 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Key West.
Hemingway Days, Key West
John Wilt of Lock Haven, Penn., shadow boxes as he competes in the 2012 semi-finals of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Wilt was one of 140 Ernest Hemingway look-alikes who competed in the three-day contest.
Hemingway Days, Key West
Frank Kramer, left, of Siesta Key, Fla., and other Ernest Hemingway look-alike finalists, stand before judges during the last round of the 2012 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. The contest was a highlight event of the island city's Hemingway Days celebration.
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Matt Gineo, left, the 2011 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winner, gets a faceful of birthday cake from 2010 winner Charlie Bicht after they and other look-alikes sang "Happy Birthday" to Ernest Hemingway Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Key West. July 21st marks the 114th birthday anniversary of Hemingway, who resided on the island during the 1930s.
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Matt Gineo eyes a resident cat as he poses at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West. Gineo bested 120 other entrants to win the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike contest, his 12th try.

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