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Papa Look-Alike Contest, Key West, FL

The Challenge: Do you have what it takes to earn the title of “Papa” in the world’s leading Ernest Hemingway doppelgänger contest? The contest is usually held around the late author’s birthday, July 21.

The Scene: The bearded hopefuls parade at Sloppy Joe’s, a legendary Key West watering hole that officially opened the day Prohibition ended (although it was said to serve drinks illegally before that date), and is said to have been named by Papa himself. “A mature, heavy-set man with a full beard” is what the judges say they usually look for, but younger contestants have made it to the final round in past years.

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