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New Hemingway look-a-like crowned in Key West

A new “Papa” Hemingway was crowned at Sloppy Joe’s bar in Key West over the weekend.

The Key West establishment was a popular hand out for the real Ernest Hemingway during his decade-long residence on the island in the 1930s.

White-bearded Floridian Jon Auvil won the 2022 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Saturday night.

Auvil said he shares Hemingway’s passion for fishing, has written some fiction and would like to do more writing.

After eight attempts, the 65-year-old real estate attorney from Dade City bested 124 other entrants during Saturday night’s finals.

Festival events included an offbeat “Running of the Bulls.”

The look-a-like contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration, which ended Sunday.