Jul 23, 2021

By Christine Ross

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The 40th edition of an Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest opened this week in Key West, Florida at the iconic bar once frequented by the late author.

 Ernest Hemingway

Former winner Joe Maxey a retired Tennessee banker is a judge this year.

“Feels great to see all the people of our family of the Hemingways again, I’m excited about judging for my first time and it’s going to be quite a contest this year,” said Maxey.

Some 70 stocky, bearded men resembling Hemingway competed in the first of two preliminary rounds at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

The second round goes Friday night and the winner will be announced on Saturday.

The contest is staged around the literary legend’s July 21 birthday to salute his writing talent, legacy and adventurous life.

Hemingway lived and wrote on the subtropical island for most of the 1930s where he penned the classics For Whom The Bell Tolls and To Have and Have Not.

The popular annual event was shuttered last year due to the pandemic.


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