UPDATE: 7/21- 1:45PM
Stephen Terry(L)a 56-year old software developer from Palm Harbor, Fl beats out 124 other contestants to become this year's "Papa" in the Hemingway Days Look-A-Like contest at Sloppy Joes in Key West.
Photo: Florida Keys News Bureau
UPDATE: 7/20 745am
13 finalists are chosen in the look-a-like contest in Key West. One of them is Paula Deen's husband, Michael Groover (he's been a finalist 3 times before). Take a look a "Papa".
Stocky white-bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway are gathered in Key West to compete in the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest that began Thursday evening.
The competition is a highlight of the island's annual Hemingway Days festival, honoring the writing talent, sporting pursuits and colorful lifestyle of the author who lived in Key West throughout the 1930s.
More than 125 aspiring Ernests have registered to vie for the coveted title of "Papa" during the three-night competition at Sloppy Joe's Bar, where Hemingway often enjoyed cocktails with literary and local friends.
Many entrants are repeat contenders who come back year after year to compete.
Most dress in sportsman's garb, reminiscent of Ernest's characteristic attire, as they parade across Sloppy Joe's stage before crowds of spectators.
Some even sang songs trying to impress the judges who are former winners.
The competition's second preliminary round is set for Friday and the 2013 "Papa" is to be chosen Saturday night.
Hemingway Days continues through Sunday with events including an offbeat "Running of the Bulls," a marlin tournament and a short story competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.
It was in Key West where Hemingway created some of his most famous classics including “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “To Have and Have Not” and “Death in the Afternoon.”