The Pulitzer Prize-winning Ernest Hemingway, who lived and wrote in Key West, will be celebrated July 20â25 during 30th annual Hemingway Days. Festival highlights include a look-alike contest, a short story competition directed by the author's granddaughter, a play exploring Hemingway's adventures and a Marlin tournament recalling that deep-sea angling passion, just like in his stories.
Usually more than 150 bearded contestants compete in the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest to be held at Sloppy Joe's Bar. Sloppy Joe's also spotlights the bearded brotherhood in the annual "Running of the Bulls," a spoof on Pamplona's bull and steer run. Get in line for a piece of birthday cake in celebration of Ernest's July 21st birthday.
The foremost literary event is the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, which awards $2,000 annually to notable fiction writers. The hugely anticipated event is held at Casa Antigua, where Hemingway slept during his first sojourn to Key West.
Registrants for the Marlin Tournament enjoy a fish fry and open-pit pig roast before the awards ceremony; $50,000 in prizes are given out. Other festivities includes Hemingway Days Caribbean Street Fair on Duval Street and 5k sunset run throughout Old Town Key West. A sidewalk art show at the infamous Green Parrot Bar and the Arm Wrestling Contest, an annual favorite at Sloppy Joe's. An exhibition of Hemingway's memorabilia is at the Key West Museum of Art & History. A guided tour of his island-style home, now the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.
You must look similar to Ernest Hemingway to enter Sloppy Joe's "Hemingway look-a-like Contest". The competition is held at Sloppy Joe's, 201 Duval St., Hemingway's favorite Key West watering hole. Preliminaries are scheduled July 19 and 20, with the selection of "Papa Hemingway" set for July 21st, Hemingway's birthday.