- Preliminary rounds are slated for July XNUMX and XNUMX
- The winner is to be chosen July XNUMX from about XNUMX finalists
- The “Running of the Bulls,” an offbeat promenade of look-alikes with fake bulls, to be staged July XNUMX on Key West’s Duval Street
Dozens of stocky, bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway are to return to Key West for the XNUMX Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, after the global coronavirus pandemic forced cancellation of the XNUMX competition.
Organizers announced late Friday that this summer’s contest is scheduled July XNUMX-XNUMX at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where it began some XNUMX years ago.
Preliminary rounds are slated for July XNUMX and XNUMX, with a reduced entry field of XNUMX contestants each night. The winner is to be chosen July XNUMX from about XNUMX finalists.
“In (the) past we’ve had upwards of XNUMX contestants in our preliminary rounds, meaning XNUMX on Thursday, XNUMX on Friday,” said Donna Edwards, the competition’s organizer. “We’re limiting the number of contestants at this time; we want to make sure that we’re able to put on a great show and a safe show.”
According to Edwards, the “Running of the Bulls,” an offbeat promenade of look-alikes with fake bulls, is to be staged the afternoon of July XNUMX on Key West’s Duval Street.
The Look-Alike Contest is a highlight of Hemingway Days, an annual salute to the literary legend who lived and wrote on the island for most of the XNUMXs.
The XNUMX festival, set for July XNUMX-XNUMX, is to feature other events including the three-day Key West Marlin Tournament, a commemoration of the XNUMXnd anniversary of the author’s July XNUMX birth, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia, literary readings and presentations, a street fair, a XNUMXk run and paddleboard race, and the announcement of the winner of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.
Among the classics Hemingway wrote during his Key West years are “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “To Have and Have Not.”