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Florida attorney takes top prize in 2022 Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest

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Call it “A Moveable Feast” in the summer of 2022.

More than 100 men vied for the title of “man who most resembles author and former Key West resident Ernest Hemingway” this weekend in Florida — and only one man triumphed.

Attorney Jon Auvil caught the keen eye of the judges, who awarded him the win in the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Saturday.

Auvil beat out 124 other men for the title, according to the Associated Press.

Sloppy Joe’s is the Key West establishment where Hemingway was a regular visitor during his decade of island residence in the 1930s.

Some of the look-alike hopefuls showed up in wool fisherman’s sweaters — while other contestants wore sportsmen’s attire. 

Yet Auvil — an attorney — wore a cream-colored sweater; it was apparently that touch that helped him take the crown. 

The look-alike contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration, which ended on Sunday, the AP noted.

In this July 23, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Jon Auvil, center, receives an Ernest Hemingway bust and congratulations after he won the 2022 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Fla. Left of Auvil is Joe Maxey, the 2019 winner, and at right is Fred Johnson, who won in 1986.
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Auvil, who lives in Dade City, Fla., told the AP, “Every man wants to write like Hemingway.”

The attorney said he has written some fiction — and that he would like to write more.

He said he also shares the Hemingway passion for fishing. 

Author Ernest Hemingway poses for a portrait while on a big game hunt in September 1952 in Kenya.
Author Ernest Hemingway poses for a portrait while on a big game hunt in September 1952 in Kenya.
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While living in Key West, Hemingway wrote such classic works of literature as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “To Have and Have Not.”

Hemingway’s home became a national landmark in 1968.

The author — an avid hunter and fisherman — began his career as a journalist.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Tom Gizzard, center, the 2008 winner of the "Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest and other previous winners/judges examine contestants during the first round of the 2022 contest Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla.
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Tom Gizzard, center, the 2008 winner of the Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest and other previous winners/judges examine contestants during the first round of the 2022 contest Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Fla.
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Born in July 1899, he produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s — and in 1954 took home the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

His most recent work at the time of that award was the novel “The Old Man and the Sea” (1952).

Known for his highly understated style of writing, Hemingway published seven novels, six short-story collections and two nonfiction works during his lifetime.

More works were published posthumously. Many of Hemingway’s works are considered classics of American literature. He died by suicide in July 1961. 

American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) working at a portable table while on a big game hunt in Kenya, September 1952.
Ernest Hemingway working at a portable table while on a big game hunt in Kenya, September 1952.
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Portrait of Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961), American journalist, novelist, and short story writer.
Portrait of Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961), American journalist, novelist, and short story writer.
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Visitors to Key West can tour the Hemingway House Museum. Among other things, visitors can see the “Hemingway cats.” 

The polydactyl cats have six toes or more on each foot, rather than the normal five. 

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article. 

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