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Arizona restaurateur wins annual 'Papa' Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West

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KEY WEST, Florida — A white-bearded Arizona restaurateur has won Key West's annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his sixth attempt.

Wally Collins of Phoenix triumphed over 130 other entrants, including his son Matt Collins, late Saturday night at Sloppy Joe's Bar. The bar was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway during the 1930s.

Competitors in sportsman's attire paraded before a judging panel of former winners during two preliminary rounds and the finals, trying to prove their resemblance to the real Hemingway.

PHOTO: In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, David Douglas, center, and other Ernest Hemingway look-alikes ride mock bulls during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West's Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau. Andy Newman)
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, David Douglas, center, and other Ernest Hemingway look-alikes ride mock bulls during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West's Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau. Andy Newman)

Other look-alike entrants included celebrity chef Paula Deen's husband, Michael Groover of Savannah, Georgia.

Collins, who also has researched the role concussions may have played in Hemingway's 1961 suicide, said he admired Hemingway's ideals and taste for adventure.

"I didn't have as many wives as he had, and I have a lot more children and grandchildren, but there are a lot of things that he stood for that I really like," Collins said.

The contest is a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days celebration honoring the Nobel Prize-winning author who lived and wrote in Key West from 1931 until late 1939. Hemingway's home in the city, where he wrote the novels "To Have and Have Not" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," is now a museum.

The festival also includes a short story competition directed by Ernest's granddaughter, Lorian Hemingway, and a spoof on the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It ends Sunday with an arm wrestling contest at Sloppy Joe's.

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PHOTO: In this Saturday, July 19, 2014, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, finalists in the 2014 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest congratulate each other just before the winner is announced at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. From left are Tom Mitchell of Rock Hill, S.C.; Dave Hemingway of Raleigh, N.C.; Richard Filip of Fayetteville, Texas; Wally Collins of Phoenix; and Charlie Boice of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Collins won the title on his sixth try during the event that attracted 131 entrants and was the highlight of Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival that concludes Sunday, July 20. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)
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