Best Hemingway Lookalike: Guy Named Hemingway

Like Ernest, he also likes to drink
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2016 10:05 AM CDT
Best Hemingway Lookalike: Guy Named Hemingway
Dave Hemingway, center, receives smooches from fellow contestants.   (Rob O'Neal)

For the first time in its 36-year history, a Hemingway has won a competition seeking the man who most looks like literary giant Ernest Hemingway. Dave Hemingway was named the winner of the "Papa" Hemingway Lookalike Contest on Saturday in Key West, Fla., reports the AP. He says he's not related to the late author. The contest, which attracted 140 entrants, is the highlight event of the annual Hemingway Days festival that celebrates the author's legacy. It was held at Sloppy Joe's Bar, which was a frequent hangout of Hemingway's during his Key West residency in the 1930s.

Hemingway, who won the contest in his seventh attempt, wore a wool, cream-colored turtleneck sweater similar to what the late author favored. "Even though this sweater is really hot, it was part of my strategy," he says. "And I think it worked really well." Like the author, Dave Hemingway says he likes to fish, to drink a little "and I like women. I like having a good time. I do feel like Ernest because I'm in the town he lived in so many years." Michael Groover, the husband of celebrity cook Paula Deen, finished in the top five for the second straight year. This is the sixth time he has participated in the contest. (More Ernest Hemingway stories.)

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