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Wally Collins, second from left, is congratulated after beating 130 other men to be crowned the 2014 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winner late Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Past winners from left include Stephen Terry, Greg Fawcett and Charlie Bicht. Collins, a Phoenix resident, won the title on his sixth try during the event that was the highlight of Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival that concludes Sunday, July 20. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Six-Time Competitor Finally Wins Title Of “Papa”

After six tries, Wally Collins of Phoenix, Arizona finally won the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on Key West.

07/20/2014

Ernest Hemingway look- alikes kick off the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West's Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Hemingway Days “Running Of The Bulls” Hits Streets Of Key West

Dozens of white-bearded Ernest Hemingway look-alikes took part in the “Running of the Bulls” Saturday afternoon in Key West.

07/19/2014

Chefs Paul Menta, left, and Jim Brush, right, measure a giant Key lime pie Friday, July 4, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The gargantuan pastry, measuring 9 feet, 2 inches in diameter, was the centerpiece of the Key Lime Festival that concludes Saturday, July 5. The pie's ingredients included juice from 6,480 Key limes, 60 gallons of sweetened condensed milk and 220 pounds of graham crackers. The gigantic version of the Florida Keys' signature dessert is being submitted to the World Record Academy as the world's largest Key lime pie. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

World’s Largest Key Lime Pie To Be Created At Key West Festival Friday

A Key lime pie measuring 9 feet in diameter, that should shatter the record for the world’s largest Key lime pie, is to be prepared and served to Independence Day revelers Friday during Key West’s Key Lime Festival

07/04/2014

A diver costumed as the "Cat in the Hat" shares an important message underwater in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Sand Key Reef off Key West, Fla., during World Oceans Day Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Photo by Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Underwater Streaming Video Helps Educate About Ocean Conservation

It was World Oceans Day and to celebrate, divers in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary displayed underwater messages in front of a live-streaming video camera.

06/08/2014

Sean Fitzpatrick shows his enthusiasm as he creates his winning concoction during the Stoli Key West Cocktail Contest Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Key West, Fla., Fitzpatrick, a Provincetown, Mass., bartender defeated 11 other regional winners from LGBT bars around the U.S., with a colorful pineapple-and-ginger mixture served in lime-garnished glasses, inside hollowed-out pineapples. (Steve Panariello/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Massachusetts Bartender Creates Winning Key West Cocktail

When you think of Key West, what drink comes to mind? A Massachusetts bartender answered the question with a concoction that won a national contest staged on the island city’s Duval Street.

06/01/2014

Edith Amsterdam, 89, is pushed up Duval Street during the Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race  Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The wacky event was a facet of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration that commemorates the Florida Keys' 1982 "secession" from the United States, prompted by the installation of a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at the head of the island chain. Events end Sunday, April 27. (Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Beds Aren’t For Sleeping In Key West Saturday

Beds will be propelled down Key West’s famous Duval Street Saturday afternoon. It’s part of the Conch Republic Red Ribbon Bed Race.

04/26/2014

A female impersonator clambers over an obstacle on Duval Street Saturday, April 19, 2014, during the Great Conch Republic Drag Race in Key West, Fla. The wacky event was a facet of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration that commemorates the Florida Keys' 1982 "secession" from the United States, prompted by the installation of a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at the head of the island chain. Events continue through Sunday, April 27. (Source: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

“Drag Racers” Compete In Wacky Key West Competition

Female impersonators will be sporting high heels instead of oversized wheels in Key West for the Great Conch Republic Drag Race on Saturday afternoon.

04/19/2014

(Courtesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Colorado ‘Conch Honker’ Follows in Dad’s Footsteps to Win Key West Contest

A Colorado man won the 52nd annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest in Key West Saturday using the same shell his father used to win the same contest in 1986.

03/01/2014

Steve Torrence, center, rolls a coconut during Coconut Bowling staged Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Blue Heaven Restaurant in Key West, Fla.  (Coutesy: Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Patrons Take On Bowling With Coconuts At Key West Food and Wine Festival

Bowling isn’t normally meant to be paired with gourmet food and fine wine but when the bowling balls are coconuts, all bets are off. The offbeat pairing was a feature of the Key West Food and Wine Festival that continues through Sunday.

01/25/2014

cat in jar

Keys Cat Gets In Over His Head

Animal Shelter staff had a jarring experience when they spotted a cat with it’s head stuck in a glass jar which they were later able to remove.

11/07/2013

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