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White-bearded Florida man wins annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest in Key West

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KEY WEST, Florida — 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 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 '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."

PHOTO: In this Saturday, July 25, 2015, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, five finalists in the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest congratulate each other on the stage at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. From left are Dave Hemingway, Charlie Boice, Richard Filip, Frank Kramer and Michael Groover, husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Boice was chosen the winner of the competition that was a facet of the subtropical island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau, via AP)
In this Saturday, July 25, 2015, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, five finalists in the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest congratulate each other on the stage at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. From left are Dave Hemingway, Charlie Boice, Richard Filip, Frank Kramer and Michael Groover, husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Boice was chosen the winner of the competition that was a facet of the subtropical island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau, via AP)

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PHOTO: In this Saturday, July 25, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, spectators at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla., use their mobile devices to record Gerrit Marshall's efforts to convince judges to choose him as the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winner. 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)
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