Paula Deen's husband wins Hemingway lookalike contest

Michael Groover had entered competition nine times

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

KEY WEST, Fla. - Michael Groover, the husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen, beat out more than 100 would-be Ernest Hemingways this week to win Key West's annual lookalike contest in honor of the legendary American author.

Groover was crowned top Hemingway at Sloppy Joe's Bar, a favorite haunt of the famous author when he lived on the island in the 1930s. The silver-bearded Groover had entered the contest eight times before, making the ninth time a charm.

"I think everybody here really has to pay their dues, and I did," Groover said. 

Contestants came to the Florida Keys from countries across the globe, including Australia and Norway.

On Saturday, a legion of Hemingways took to the streets of Key West for a mock "running of the bulls." Unlike the more famous Spanish version, bovine-inspired carts stood in for the real fearsome beasts.

The festivities were part of a three-day event honoring the author of classics such as "The Old Man and the Sea" and "The Sun Also Rises." He died in 1961.

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