Of all the ways to keep a writer's memory alive, the one held at Sloppy Joe's bar in
On Thursday, the three-day event begins. There are qualifying rounds. There is an arm-wrestling contest. There is a Pamplona-inspired march through town dubbed the "running" (more like walking) of the "bulls" (the Hemingway look-alikes).
And of course, in honor of the notoriously hard-drinking author, liquor is served.
Hemingway was awarded the
In the 1950s, the bearded, ruddy Hemingway was one of America's most recognizable authors. It's him in that incarnation that is celebrated in the look-alike contest, now in its 33rd year.
Key West's annual Hemingway Days celebration, of which the look-alike contest is a main event, ends on Sunday, the 114th anniversary of Hemingway's birth.