Florida lawyer wins first prize in 2022 Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest

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Call it “A Moving Party” in the summer of 2022.

More than 100 men competed for the title of “the man who looks most like author and former Key West resident Ernest Hemingway” this weekend in Florida – and only one man prevailed.

Lawyer Jon Auvil caught the eye of the judges, who awarded him victory in the Hemingway Look-Alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Saturday.

Auvil beat 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 residence on the island in the 1930s.

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Some of the lookalike hopefuls showed up in woolen fisherman sweaters – while other contestants wore sportswear.

Yet Auvil – a lawyer – wore a cream-colored sweater; it was apparently this contact that helped him win the crown.

In this Saturday, July 23, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Jon Auvil (center) receives a bust of Ernest Hemingway and congratulations after winning the 2022 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, in Florida.

In this Saturday, July 23, 2022, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Jon Auvil (center) receives a bust of Ernest Hemingway and congratulations after winning the 2022 Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, in Florida.
(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

The lookalike contest is a culmination of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days celebration, which ended on Sunday, the AP noted.

Auvil, who lives in Dade City, Fla., told the AP, “Every man wants to write like Hemingway.”

The lawyer said he had written fiction – and would like to write more.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Ernest Hemingway lookalikes and others walk with fake bulls on wheels during the

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Ernest Hemingway lookalikes and others walk with mock bulls on wheels during “Running of the Bulls,” Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Key West, Fla. .
(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

He said he also shared Hemingway’s passion for fishing.

While living in Key West, Hemingway wrote classic literary works such as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “To Have and Not to Have.”

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

Hemingway’s house has become a national landmark in 1968.

The author, passionate about hunting and fishing, began his career as a journalist.

Born in July 1899, he produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and mid-1950s – and in 1954 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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

Known for his understated style of writing, Hemingway published seven novels, six collections of short stories, and two works of non-fiction during his lifetime.

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

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Visitors to Key West can visit the Hemingway House Museum. Among other things, visitors can see the “Hemingway cats”.

Polydactyl cats have six or more toes on each foot, instead of the normal five.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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