38th Annual Hemingway Days to Honor Ernest in Key West

2018 “Papa Look-Alike” Pre-Party at the Cypress House Hotel in Key West!

POSTED – July 19, 2018

In the video above, you will hear J.J. Jerrel talk to you about what the Hemingway Days festival means for him and his comrades, why they continue to come year after year and the hard work they put into the Hemingway Look-Alike foundation.  These guys are passionate about Hemingway and what his literary works meant to the world.  It may look like all fun and games, but this group of guys paying tribute to Ernest Hemingway in Key West do so much for the community!

Florida Keys & Key West have the following information on the Hemingway Festival and what attractions it brings to our island!

“Ernest Hemingway look-alikes, writers, anglers and fans of the late author’s work are to converge on Key West Tuesday through Sunday, July 17-22, for the annual Hemingway Days celebration. The festival honors the legacy of the American literary giant who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s.

Scores of stocky, bearded men resembling the writer are to compete in the annual Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., a frequent hangout for the legendary writer during his Key West years.

Other festival events include prose and poetry readings, the wacky “Running of the Bulls,” symposium presentations on Ernest and his influence, a commemoration of the 119th anniversary of his July 21 birth, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway memorabilia and a three-day marlin tournament recalling his passion for deep-sea angling.

Ernest Hemingway wrote many of his best-known works in the second-story writing studio that adjoins his former Key West home — now a museum — at 907 Whitehead St. Among them were “Death in the Afternoon,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” Hemingway used Depression-era Key West as the locale for “To Have and Have Not,” his only novel set in the United States.

Both his literary prowess and his exuberant Key West lifestyle are saluted during Hemingway Days (Florida Keys & Key West, 2018).