Hemingway Days to Celebrate Legendary Writer's Work and Key West Life

Ernest Hemingway is one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century. His work has stood the test of time and continues to be popular with readers today. Hemingway was also known for his adventurous lifestyle, and this is celebrated each year at the Hemingway Days festival in Key West, Florida.

This year's festival runs from July 19-24 and will feature a look-alike contest, literary readings, and a marlin tournament. As many as 150 contestants are expected to compete in the look-alike contest, which will have preliminary rounds on Thursday and Friday before the finals on Saturday.

In addition to the look-alike contest, there will also be a short story competition coordinated by Hemingway's granddaughter, Lorian. The winner of the competition will be announced during the festival and will have their story publicly read for the first time.

For fans of Hemingway's writing, there will also be a poetry showcase featuring some of his little-known poems. And on the museum days, visitors can view an exhibit of original pen-and-ink drawings by famed marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey that provide a visual narrative to the author's novel, "The Old Man and the Sea."

Anglers can join in the fun of the Perry Hotel & Marina Key West Marlin Tournament, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday during the festival. Participants can compete for cash prizes while pursuing marlin, sailfish, tuna, dolphin fish, and wahoo.

There's something for everyone at this year's Hemingway Days festival. So whether you're a fan of Hemingway's work, or just want to have a good time, be sure to check it out!