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A Guy Named Hemingway Won This Year's Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

Dave Hemingway—who has no relation to the author—beat out 139 fellow doppelgängers in the annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest this weekend.

by VICE Staff
Jul 25 2016, 2:52pm

Photo of 2015 Hemingway look-alike winner Charlie Bolce via Sloppy Joe's

History was made this Saturday when, for the first time in its 36 years, a man actually named Hemingway won the annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest held in Key West, Florida, the Guardian reports.

Dave Hemingway—who has no relation to the author—beat out 139 fellow doppelgängers in this year's contest held at the storied Key West bar Sloppy Joe's, where the writer himself used to regularly tie one on when he lived in the area in the 1930s. It was Hemingway's first win in seven tries, so we know he didn't win on the name alone.

Hemingway told the CBS Miami he believes his choice of wearing a wool, cream-colored turtleneck sweater, similar to one Ernest fancied, put him over the top this year. Even though the sweater was "really hot, it was part of my strategy," he said. "And I think it worked really well."


The look-alike contest was just part of an overall Hemingway Days Festival, which celebrates the writer and sportsman's life and legacy with booze, food, and all things Papa. (Though, thankfully, there are no bull fights.)

This year's contest also marks the sixth loss by Michael Groover, husband of celebrity chef and noted racist Paula Deen, who finished in the top five for the second year in a row. Hey, no one said it was easy being Ernest.


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