KEY WEST, Florida Keys - The legacy of Ernest Hemingway, who lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s, is to be recognized Tuesday through Sunday, July 17-22, during the 32nd annual Hemingway Days. The popular festival celebrates the literary accomplishments, angling prowess and Key West lifestyle of the Nobel Prizewinning author.
Events are to include a look-alike contest for erstwhile Ernests, an awards ceremony that caps the internationally recognized Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, a one-man play delving into the legendary author's life and motivations, three days of marlin fishing and a tongue-in-cheek Running of the Bulls.
The announcement of the winners of the annual short story competition, directed by critically acclaimed author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, is set for Friday, July 20. The event typically takes place at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., Ernest Hemingway's first Key West residence.
Other literary offerings include the Voices, Places, Inspirations evening of author readings at Wyland Galleries, 623 Duval St.
Those with a physical rather than literary resemblance to Hemingway can compete in Sloppy Joe's Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Past winners choose the new Papa from approximately 125 stocky, bearded hopefuls at Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval St., a watering hole frequented by the author. Preliminary rounds are scheduled Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20, with the final round Saturday, July 21 - the 113th anniversary of Ernest's birth.
The Papas also enliven other festival events including Saturday's infamous Running of the Bulls outside Sloppy Joe's, featuring manmade bull replicas, and a Hemingway birthday celebration complete with cake.
Those who share Ernest's passion for angling can enter the 2012 Key West Marlin Tournament. With three days of fishing and substantial cash prizes for top catches, the tournament begins Wednesday, July 18.
Hemingway is to take center stage when actor and playwright Brian Gordon Sinclair presents In Deadly Ernest, the final one-man play from his renowned six-part Hemingway On Stage series.
Other festival attractions include Sloppy Joe's Arm Wrestling Championship, a 5k sunset run and a lively street fair on Key West's Duval Street. Visitors also can tour an exhibition of rare Hemingway memorabilia at the Key West Museum of Art & History, 281 Front St., and the author's former home at 907 Whitehead St.
Event information: www.hemingwaydays.net
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest