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Hemingway look-alikes gather in Key West for annual contest

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WATCH ABOVE: Scores of Ernest Hemingway look-alikes took to the Key West streets in Florida on Saturday for the "Running of the Bulls," a zany (and much safer) take-off on the annual run held in Pamplona, Spain – Jul 21, 2018

Nearly 150 stocky, bearded men, resembling legendary American author Ernest Hemingway, are in Key West competing in the 38th annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.

The competition began Thursday evening at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, frequented by Hemingway when he lived on the Florida island during the 1930s.

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Hopefuls came from as far away as Australia and Norway to compete, parading across Sloppy Joe’s stage before a adjudicating panel of former winners.

Thursday’s entrants included repeat contender Michael Groover, husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen, who cheered him from the audience.

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The contest highlights Key West’s Hemingway Days festival, celebrating the late author’s writing talent and colourful lifestyle.

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After a second preliminary round Friday, the 2018 winner is to be chosen Saturday, the 119th anniversary of Hemingway’s birth.

Hemingway Days continues through Sunday.

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