KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) A white-bearded Florida man won an Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest, a highlight of a festival that ended Sunday honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author.
Tom Grizzard, 69, of Leesburg bested 141 other contenders in the competition at Sloppy Joe's Bar, Hemingway's favorite watering hole when he lived in Key West throughout the 1930s. The competition's final round was held late Saturday.
"I relate to his love of the sea and love of people," said Grizzard. The eight-time competitor wore a cream-colored turtleneck sweater suggesting Hemingway's garb in an iconic 1957 photo portrait by Yousuf Karsh.
Look-alike contenders in sportsman's attire paraded across the stage at Sloppy Joe's during preliminary rounds Thursday and Friday before a judging panel of former winners.
Twenty-five prospective "Papas" made it to Saturday's finals.
Other Hemingway Days events included the Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament, writers' readings and a short-story competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.