Florida man wins Hemingway look-alike contest

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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Ernest Hemingway look-alikes ride and push fake bulls as they make the turn on Duval Street during the "Running of the Bulls" Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, part of Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival, was a much safer response to its namesake in Pamplona, Spain. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal)
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KEY WEST, Florida (AP) — A white-bearded, 64-year-old Florida man has won the annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike competition at a Florida Keys bar once frequented by the author.

Matt Gineo of Jensen Beach, dressed in a wool fisherman's sweater to emulate photographer Yousuf Karsh's famous portrait of Hemingway, bested 120 other entrants after an unprecedented tie-breaker vote. It was Gineo's 12th try.

"This was something that I had in my heart to do, but I didn't know how many years it would take," Gineo said.

Gineo, a biomedical engineer, said he shares Hemingway's fondness for sport fishing and writing.

Saturday night's "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar is a highlight of Key West's annual Hemingway Days.

Two dozen finalists garbed in sportsmen's attire, culled from 121 contestants, were judged by past winners.

Other finalists included Arne Inge-Mathisen of Gjettum, Norway, who wore a black armband to commemorate the victims of Friday's attacks on Norway's government headquarters and a youth retreat.

The annual Hemingway Days festival, which ended Sunday, honors the legacy of the writer, who lived here in the 1930s.

The six-day festival included a marlin tournament, a "running of the bulls" spoof and a short story contest won by Darci Bysouth of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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