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Dozens dress up like Ernest Hemingway for Key West contest

July 19, 2019
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Brian Canady, left, holds a fishing rod with a faux blue marlin as he and Michael Bull, right, of Perth, Australia, endeavor to impress the judges at the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Key West, Fla. The competition, that has attracted about 135 entrants, is part of the island city's annual Hemingway Days festival that pays homage to Ernest Hemingway who lived and wrote in Key West in the 1930s. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Brian Canady, left, holds a fishing rod with a faux blue marlin as he and Michael Bull, right, of Perth, Australia, endeavor to impress the judges at the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Key West, Fla. The competition, that has attracted about 135 entrants, is part of the island city's annual Hemingway Days festival that pays homage to Ernest Hemingway who lived and wrote in Key West in the 1930s. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of stocky, bearded men are competing in Key West to see who has the closest resemblance to literary icon Ernest Hemingway.

About 135 entered the 39th annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, a popular event that is part of the Hemingway Days festival.

The competition began Thursday at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, frequented by Hemingway when he lived in Key West during the 1930s. Participants wore the iconic sportsman’s garb associated with “The Old Man and the Sea” author. The second preliminary round is scheduled for Friday, and the 2019 winner is chosen Saturday.

The festival continues through Sunday, the 120th anniversary of Hemingway’s July 21 birth. Other events include a “Running of the Bulls” spoof, literary readings and a three-day marlin angling tournament.

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