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After Hurricane Irma, Papas returning to Hemingway Days

After Hurricane Irma, Papas returning to Hemingway Days

The Papas are returning, and not a moment too soon.

Every July, scores of white-bearded men in stifling wool sweaters, khakis and safari hats make a pilgrimage to Key West for the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike contest. It’s a jolly crew of grizzled wannabes on Florida’s southernmost Key, competing in arm-wrestling contests and a running of the “bulls,” a street parade where aspiring Ernests schlep down Duval Street astride fake bulls on wheels.

It all culminates in the look-alike contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, the one-time haunt of the chest-thumping novelist who called Key West home in the 1930s. Contestants are judged by grooming — is the white beard expressive enough? — but,...

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