Some of them showed up wearing their fisherman sweaters. Some of the men were dressed in sportswear. Judges were impressed by attorney Jon Auvil’s cream-colored sweater on Saturday, and he won the prize for best like author and former Key West resident Ernest Hemingway.
In 1939, in the Sun Valley lodge in Idaho, Ernest Hemingway sat down at his typewriter and began composing what would become For Whom the Bell Tolls.
To quote Ken Burns, “Lucky for him he could write.” Ernest Hemingway is the target of Ken Burn’s latest documentary.
What’s more, At Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, where Hemingway frequented during his decade-long stay in the 1930s, Auvil bested a field of 124 competitors to win the 41st annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.
A feature of the Hemingway Days event in Key West, which concluded on Sunday, is the annual look-a-like contest.
As for his writing, Auvil mentioned that he had dabbled in fiction and would like to do more of it and that he shared Hemingway’s love of fishing.
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Auvil, a resident of Dade City, Florida (northeast of Tampa): “Every man wants to write like Hemingway.”
For Whom the Bell Tolls and To Have and Have Not were written by Hemingway while he was a resident of Key West.
In 1981, we held the first annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The coronavirus epidemic prevented it from happening in 2020.
Michael Groover, the husband of famed chef Paula Deen, won the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s in 2018 after nine attempts.
Dave Hemingway of Macon, North Carolina, grabbed the spotlight in 2016 when he won the competition.
When asked if he shared any of the author’s interests, Dave Hemingway replied, “I like ladies, and I like to fish. Having a good time is something I enjoy doing. Because I am in the city where Ernest lived for so long, I do feel like him.
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