Hemingway Days, a yearly festival held in Key West, Florida, is basically like a five-day whiskey-induced fever dream wherein Ernest Hemingway doppelgangers seem to sprout from each other like a literary kaleidoscope. Everywhere you look, there are beards, turtlenecks and safari shirts, all engaging in one of Papa Hemingway's favorite pastimes: Drinking.
These hoards of ruddy-faced gents are eventually corralled into Sloppy Joe's Bar, a legendary Key West bar. Every year, Sloppy's holds a Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, and the results are unfailingly hilarious. Last year, no fewer than 121 Hemingway-esque men competed. That's a lot of beard.
There are more upstanding aspects to Hemingway Days, of course, and the festivities include readings, writing competitions, a fishing tournament and a fake "Running of the Bulls," all centered around the author's birthday on July 21.
Hemingway was a staple of Key West culture. He had a house on the island and wrote some of his most enduring works while in residence there. He was also a fixture in Sloppy Joe's lore, and a sailfish he caught still hangs in the building today.
Back to the point: A lot of guys dress up like Ernest Hemingway for this look-alike thing -- and they all look awesome. So feast your eyes on this, the Miss America pageant for portly old white guys with awesome facial hair.