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Florida man wins Hemingway look-alike contest in Key West

Jul 26, 2015, 11:00 AM

In this Saturday, July 25, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Charlie Boice beams after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Boice finally won the contest after 15 attempts, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and two final rounds. The competition was a facet of the subtropical island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A white-bearded Florida man has won the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his 15th attempt.

Retired air traffic controller Charlie Boice of Palm Beach Gardens prevailed Saturday night at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a hangout of Ernest Hemingway during his Key West residency in the 1930s.

A panel of former contest winners chose Boice, 56, who said he shares Hemingway’s passion for marlin fishing.

Celebrity cook Paula Deen’s husband, Michael Groover of Savannah, Georgia, finished in the top five.

The contest attracted 122 entrants. It’s a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days festival honoring the author’s literary legacy.

During his Key West years, Hemingway wrote the novel “To Have and Have Not.”

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Florida man wins Hemingway look-alike contest in Key West