A white-bearded 64-year-old, Florida insurance agent was crowned the winner of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, a highlight event of the annual Hemingway Days Festival in Key West, Florida.
Larry Austin, of Palm Harbor, beat out 122 contenders of the competition held each year at Sloppy Joe's Bar; the favorite watering hole of the late novelist Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway lived in Key West during the 1930's.
Austin said he shares Hemingway's fondness for Key West, cats and having a good time. Saturday's competition coincided with the 108th anniversary of Hemingway's birth.
Other festival events included the Key West Marlin Tournament, authors' readings, a short story competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway and an offbeat "Running of the Bulls," featuring fake bulls on wheels.
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