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Ernest HemingwayJuly 21 marks the late Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway‘s 110th birthday, and with that, a gaggle of bleach-bearded men are coming out of the woodwork to participate in Hemingway look-alike contests on at least two continents.

In Key West, historic Sloppy Joe’s Bar (a popular haunt of Hemingway’s back in the 1930s) holds an annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest from July 23-25 during the city’s annual Hemingway Days festival. Look-alikes decked in khaki safari outfits and fisherman’s sweaters (Hemingway was an avid sportsman) flock to Sloppy Joe’s to test their looks, and compete in an Ernest fish-off, arm wrestling competition, and a zany mock “running of the bulls”—a credit to Hemingway’s love for bullfightiing.


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If fake bulls aren’t your thing, head to Pamplona in Navarre, Spain, setting for the bullfighting scenes in The Sun Also Rises. From July 2-5, Pamplona hosts the First International Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike and Impersonators Contest in the middle of the vibrant Fiesta of San Fermin (fireworks, sports, dancing, booze, and bulls abound). Contestants receive a free flight to Pamplona and the winner receives $2,000.  You must e-mail a registration form, color photos, and a 25-second video by June 15th to hemingwaycontest@artsaia.com. Keep in mind, the judges evaluate your Hemingway character as well—so practice that piercing gaze, speak in spare but spectacular sentences, indulge in a little drink, and start believing that “the world is a fine place and worth the fighting for” (famous quote from For Whom the Bell Tolls. Duh).


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