At the Key West festival, Hemingway impersonators compete.

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Ernest Hemingway impersonators are congregating in Florida to commemorate the late author’s life and crown a champion impersonator.

The Key West Hemingway Days began Thursday, with several bearded men strolling the streets dressed in attire reminiscent of the author of The Old Man and the Sea.

The festival is scheduled to last through Sunday, with the top impersonator being crowned Saturday at the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, which was a favorite hangout of Hemingway’s during his time in Key West.

According to organisers, this year’s event will be the 40th Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, following a year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual charity event raises funds for a variety of charities and community service projects.

“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.

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