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In Novel Coincidence, Hemingway Wins Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

“I like to fish, I like to drink a little bit, I like women and I just like having a good fun time,” says Dave Hemingway (no relation to Ernest).

The 36th Annual Ernest “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest ended in a way that can only be described as novel.

Dave Hemingway of Macon, North Carolina, beat out 139 competitors to win the contest in Key West, Florida, on Saturday night, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel. 

The 65-year-old isn’t related to Ernest Hemingway and he doesn’t write, but he shares other traits with the legendary artist besides his beard and last name. 

“I do feel like Ernest because I’m in the same town that he lived in for so many years,” he said, CBS Miami reported. “I like to fish, I like to drink a little bit, I like women and I just like having a good fun time.” 

Dave Hemingway receives smooches from Charlie Boise, left, and Wally Collins, right, after winning the 2016 Ernest "Papa" Hem
Dave Hemingway receives smooches from Charlie Boise, left, and Wally Collins, right, after winning the 2016 Ernest "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Florida on July 23, 2016.

While it’s the first time a man named Hemingway has won the contest, it’s not Dave Hemingway’s first time in the competition. He’s competed seven times before.

He believes he won this year not because of his name, but because of his sweater: a wool, cream-colored fisherman’s sweater like the kind favored by the writer himself.

“Even though this sweater is really hot, it was part of my strategy,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “And I think it worked really well.”

The look-alike contest is a part of the annual Hemingway Days festival that celebrates the author’s legacy, including his time in Key West during the 1930s.

The event is held at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, where the author frequently drank, according to the Sun Sentinel.

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