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Events honor life of 'Papa'

The sun also rises on Hemingway Days, an action-packed week of events celebrating the literary works and colorful life of Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Key West during the 1930s.

"Hemingway changed the face of American literature," said former festival director Carol Shaughnessy. "Events like this help keep his literature alive. Much of Hemingway's most iconic literature was written during the decade he lived in Key West."

Beginning Tuesday and running through Sunday, a hefty list of events will be taking place around the island to honor the famed author's life and works.

The Hemingway Look-Alike Society takes part in many of the events.

"The society does so much more then just have fun and celebrate during the week of festivites," Shaughnessy said. "They raise funds every year and give out nursing, poetry and journalism scholarships. The Look-Alikes had by 2011 presented more than $100,000 in scholarships to Florida Keys Community College students, so by now you would be safe to say more than $120,000."

TUESDAY

• 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- "Hemingway in Key West" museum exhibition. Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Mention Hemingway Days upon entering and receive discounted admission. Exhibition continues throughout Hemingway Days and beyond. Go to kwahs.org.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- Tennessee Williams in Key West Exhibit. Learn about playwright Tennessee Williams' longtime residence on the island while exploring his beliefs and legacy. 513 Truman Ave., behind the Key West Business Guild Visitor Center. Free admission; donations accepted.

WEDNESDAY

• 4 p.m. -- Final registration for the Key West Marlin Tournament. Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St. Go to keywestmarlin.com.

• 7:30-10 p.m. -- "Voices, Places, Inspirations." An evening of readings and presentations features local authors Michael Haskins, Steven Hull, Mandy Bolen Miles, Terry Schmida and David Sloan, as well as actor/playwright/author Brian Gordon Sinclair. Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, 601 Front St. Free admission; suggested parking in Mallory Square lot. Go to hemingwaydays.net.

THURSDAY

• 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Key West Marlin Tournament's first day of fishing. Go to keywestmarlin.com.

• 4 to 6 p.m. -- Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.

• 6:30 p.m. -- Sloppy Joe's 34th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. First preliminary round to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch. Go to sloppyjoes.com.

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. -- Key West Marlin Tournament cocktail party. Festivities for anglers include a Key West-style pig roast. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Free to tournament participants.

FRIDAY

• 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Key West Marlin Tournament's second day of fishing. 4-6 p.m. Key West Marlin Tournament weigh-in. Conch Republic Seafood Co. docks.

• 6:30 p.m. -- Sloppy Joe's 34th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Second preliminary round to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $35 entry fee. Free to watch.

• 8 p.m. -- Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition winners announcement and reception. This literary highlight takes place at Hemingway's first Key West residence, Casa Antigua. 314 Simonton St. Free admission. Got to shortstorycompetition.com.

SATURDAY

• Noon to 9 p.m. -- Caribbean Street Fair presented by Helpline of the Florida Keys. Much of Duval Street is closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into an open-air island market with arts, crafts, jewelry, tropical clothing and food. From noon to 3 p.m., seafood fans are invited to enjoy the inaugural Bubba Cuzzy Shrimp-Off Competition. Call 305-292-8445 or go to keyshelpline.org.

• 1 p.m. -- Running of the Bulls -- This wacky event is sponsored by Sloppy Joe's Bar and features past "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winners dressed in their Pamplona best -- and a breed of "bull" found only in Key West. The fun begins and ends on Greene Street outside Sloppy Joe's. Go to sloppyjoes.com.

• 6:30 p.m. -- Sloppy Joe's 34th annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Final round to be judged by former contest winners. Sloppy Joe's Bar. Free to watch.

• 7:30 p.m. -- Malibu Rum Hemingway 5K Sunset Run. Racers start at the Southernmost Point in the continental United States at Whitehead and South streets and proceed through Old Town Key West. For registration, go to keywestspecialevents.com.

SUNDAY

• 11 a.m. -- Sloppy Joe's Hemingway Days Arm Wrestling Championship. Registration is set for 11 to 11:45 a.m. and the contest begins at noon. Prizes await winners in seven weight categories. Sloppy Joe's Bar. $5 entry fee; free to watch. Go to sloppyjoes.com.

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