The annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest started in Key West Thursday, marking the 123rd anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 delivery.
This yr’s competitors attracted 135 portly, bearded males, who’re endeavoring to show their likeness to the famed American creator. The contest is a spotlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festivities, staged to have fun the inventive expertise and colourful way of life of the person who lived and wrote on the island for a lot of the Thirties.
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Thursday evening’s entrants paraded throughout the stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the place Hemingway and his cohorts typically met for drinks, earlier than a judging panel of former contest winners.
Most had full beards and wore sportsman’s apparel, seemingly emulating the “Papa” persona adopted by Hemingway in his later years.
On Thursday morning, a gaggle of look-alikes helped launch a 185-pound (83-kilogram) rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle, coincidentally dubbed “Papa” when it was rescued after being entangled in fishing line, off the Florida Keys’ Sombrero Seashore in Marathon.
The look-alike contest’s second preliminary spherical is about for Friday, and the 2022 winner is about to be chosen Saturday evening.
Late Wednesday, Nick Henke of St. Louis, Missouri, was named the winner of the Lorian Hemingway Brief Story Competitors. His entry, “A Lot of Carrefours,” triumphed over 775 different American and worldwide submissions, judged by Ernest Hemingway’s creator granddaughter.
Hemingway Days continues by Sunday with occasions together with an offbeat “Operating of the Bulls” spoof and the Key West Marlin Event.
Whereas residing in Key West throughout a lot of the Thirties, Hemingway wrote classics together with “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “To Have and Have Not.”
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