Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest In Key West, Florida

Only one beard in Key West, Florida comes out on top during this annual fest that celebrates the famed author.

Okay, here’s a fun little contest for fans of legendary fiction.

Ernest Hemingway look-alikes gathered in Florida to celebrate the life of the famed author, and in the end, one of them would be crowned a champion impersonator.

The Key West Hemingway Days kicked off Thursday, with multiple bearded men wandering the streets in their apparel that most resembles the attire favored by The Old Man and the Sea author.

This event isn’t the first time it’s made a run in Key West — it’s the 40th Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, as a matter of fact.

The competition took a year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s hard to keep a good competition down, so to speak.

Additionally, the annual event raises money for various charities and community service projects in the Key West area. The city is special for Hemingway fans because the author lived there with his cats back in the 1930s.

“That’s why I have been involved. I like things like charity and scholarships and things like that, but I have a good time too, trust me,” David Douglas, a competitor who won the look-alike contest in 2009, told WFOR-TV.

Rock on, bearded dudes!

Matt Sterner

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