Florida Man crowned winner of 2015 Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest

In this Saturday, July 25, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Charlie Boice beams after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Boice finally won the contest after 15 attempts, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and two final rounds. 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)


Charlie Boice beams after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

A man in Florida with a bangin' white beard won this year's "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. It was the contender's 15th try at the highly coveted title.

Charlie Boice of Palm Beach Gardens, a retired air traffic controller, took home the Hemingway lookalike prize Saturday night at Sloppy Joe's Bar. Ernest Hemingway hung out and drank there during his Key West residency in the 1930s. A panel of white-bearded previous winners chose Boice, 56, who says he shares Hemingway's passion for marlin fishing.

Boice finally won the contest after 15 attempts, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, semi-finals and two final rounds. There's no cash prize, but that hasn't stopped the contest from going on for 35 years. It's part of the subtropical Florida Keys island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ended Sunday, July 26.

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In this Saturday, July 25, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Charlie Boice, center, is congratulated by previous victors after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Boice finally won the contest after trying for 15 years, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and two final rounds. The competition was a facet of the island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. Planting a playful snook on Boice is Wally Cox, left, the 2014 winner. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)


In this Saturday, July 25, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Charlie Boice, center, is congratulated by previous victors after winning the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Boice finally won the contest after trying for 15 years, beating out 121 other entrants following two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and two final rounds. The competition was a facet of the island's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. Planting a playful snook on Boice is Wally Cox, left, the 2014 winner. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Ernest Hemingway Look-Alikes kick off the annual "Running of the Bulls" Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical and much safer answer to the event's namesake in Pamplona, Spain, was staged as a facet of the island city's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)


Ernest Hemingway Look-Alikes kick off the annual "Running of the Bulls" Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical and much safer answer to the event's namesake in Pamplona, Spain, was staged as a facet of the island city's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 26. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Five finalists in the 2015 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest congratulate each other on the stage at Sloppy Joe's Bar in this handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau in Key West, Florida, July 25, 2015.  Dave Hemingway (L to R), Charlie Boice, Richard Filip, Frank Kramer and Michael Groover pose for a photo. The competition is a facet of the island's annual Hemingway Days festival.  REUTERS/Andy Newman/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 this handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau in Key West, Florida, July 25, 2015. Dave Hemingway (L to R), Charlie Boice, Richard Filip, Frank Kramer and Michael Groover pose for a photo. The competition is a facet of the island's annual Hemingway Days festival. REUTERS/Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

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  1. I'm sure there is a Carl Hiassen (or possibly one of his imitators) story in which this competition features. I didn't realise it was real, but then the more I read about Florida, the more it seems like Hiassen et al simply write historical fiction of a sort.

  2. haha, the "running of the hemingways" shot made me honestly laugh out loud.

  3. Florida Man, Florida Man...

    He remembered the time he had hooked one of a pair of marlin. The male fish always let the female fish feed first and the hooked fish, the female, made a wild, panic-stricken, despairing fight that soon exhausted her, and all the time the male had stayed with her, crossing the line and circling with her on the surface. He had stayed so close that the old man was afraid he would cut the line with his tail which was sharp as a scythe and almost of that size and shape. When the old man had gaffed her and clubbed her, holding the rapier bill with its sandpaper edge and clubbing her across the top of her head until her colour turned to a colour almost like the backing of mirrors, and then, with the boy’s aid, hoisted her aboard, the male fish had stayed by the side of the boat. Then, while the old man was clearing the lines and preparing the harpoon, the male fish jumped high into the air beside the boat to see where the female was and then went down deep, his lavender wings, that were his pectoral fins, spread wide and all his wide lavender stripes showing. He was beautiful, the old man remembered, and he had stayed.

    ... Florida Man.

  4. This seems like a contest that could be made quicker and far more amusing by reducing the emphasis on appearance and increasing the focus on boozy machismo. Then you just choose the survivor who best looks the part.

  5. He just got better with age.

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