Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest begins in Florida Keys

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Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. parade / pəˈreɪd / (v.) – to walk or march together in public while people are watching

    More than 300 men dressed as Santa Claus paraded down the main street.

  2. cohort / ˈkoʊ hɔrt / (n.) – a friend, companion, or supporter

    He and his cohorts often play billiards after work.

  3. persona / pərˈsoʊ nə / (n.) – the way a person talks, behaves, and presents himself/herself to others

    He came in dressed as Dracula for Halloween. He was also able to copy his persona.

  4. rehabilitate / ˌri həˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt / (v.) – to bring someone or something back to a healthy and normal state after an illness, injury, etc.

    The dolphins were rehabilitated after being trapped and wounded in fishing nets.

  5. offbeat / ˈɔf ˌbit / (adj.) – unusual and therefore easily noticeable and surprising

    My professor has an offbeat approach to teaching, so I find his classes fun.


Read the text below.

The annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest began in Key West, marking the 123rd anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 birth.

This year’s competition attracted 135 portly, bearded men, who are endeavoring to prove their likeness to the famed American author. The contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festivities, staged to celebrate the creative talent and colorful lifestyle of the man who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s.

Entrants paraded across the stage at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where Hemingway and his cohorts often met for drinks, before a judging panel of former contest winners.

Most had full beards and wore sportsman’s attire, seemingly emulating the “Papa” persona adopted by Hemingway in his later years.

In the morning of July 21, a group of look-alikes helped release a 185-pound (83-kilogram) rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle, coincidentally dubbed “Papa” when it was rescued after being entangled in fishing line, off the Florida Keys’ Sombrero Beach in Marathon.

The look-alike contest’s second preliminary round was held on July 22, and the 2022 winner was chosen on July 23.

Meanwhile, Nick Henke of St. Louis, Missouri, was named the winner of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. His entry, “A Lot of Carrefours,” triumphed over 775 other American and international submissions, judged by Ernest Hemingway’s author granddaughter.

Hemingway Days continued through July 24 with events including an offbeat “Running of the Bulls” spoof and the Key West Marlin Tournament.

While living in Key West during most of the 1930s, Hemingway wrote classics including “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “To Have and Have Not.”

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • The Hemingway Days festivities celebrate the famous writer. Which famous writer from your country would you like to be honored in this way? Discuss.
  • People still remember and celebrate Hemingway even after more than a century. What would you like people to remember about you? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • If you could be a look-alike of someone famous, who would it be? Why? Discuss.
  • Aside from being this person’s look-alike, what are his/her other qualities that you would like to be similar to yours? Discuss.