Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest HemingwayS

Every year, on the third Saturday in July, Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West hosts the Hemingway Look-Alike Society's Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The 2012 champion will be named tomorrow. We went through 31 years of winners, and ranked them all on how much they look like Ernest Hemingway, starting with the most resemblance, and ending with the least.

(Some past winners didn't have bios available, so certain facts are made up.)

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's brother called 1981 winner Tom Feeney "the nearest thing to Ernest I could find."

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest HemingwayS

1984 winner Bill Young once lay down in Hemingway's bed.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

After winning in 1982, Dick Parrish would give a case of scotch to later champions.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2008 winner Tom Grizzard "relates to [Hemingway's] love of the sea and love of people."

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2009 winner David Douglas "appreciates all the people who walked with him along the path of this wonderful journey."

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest HemingwayS

1994 winner John Peterson prefers to let his beard speak for itself.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

Jack Waterbury accidentally "got fresh" with one of the judges, but returned to take the crown in 1987.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

Roger Hegemier says winning in 1996 "changed his life."

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest HemingwayS

1984 winner Bill Young once took the opportunity to lie down in Hemingway's bed.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1997 winner Bart Barton believes Hemingway is "coming back into favor with the younger generation."

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest HemingwayS

2001 winner Denny woods will always treasure his "Papa" ballcap.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2006 winner Chris Storm still misses being on stage.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

Mike Stack didn't drink all day because he wanted his 2003 speech to be perfect.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest HemingwayS

Matt Geneo entered 10 contests before finally winning in 2011.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

Bill Fountain became the youngest man ever to win, when he took the 1995 crown at the age of 46.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2010 champion Charles Bicht only won after he stopped hoping to win.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2004 winner John Stubbings owns a 12-square-foot collage of him as Hemingway.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

Don Duncan's boss threatened to fire him if he didn't enter the contest. He finally won, in 1998.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2002 winner Ron Thomas has the same physique as Hemingway: "All shoulders and no ass."

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1988 winner Tom Cosselman set off in his sailboat at midnight, and never came back.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1991 Bob Anderson made props and sets for To Kill A Mockingbird.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1999 Rick Kirvan worked as a bartender across the street from the site of the contest.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1985 winner Michael Dallett thinks the judging has become too much of a popularity contest.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

Larry Austin wasn't there when his name was announced as 2007 winner.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2005 winner Bob Doughty's favorite book is The Old Man And The Sea.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest HemingwayS

George Burley's 1992 win ended up on the front page of an Ecuadorean newspaper.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

In 1986, Fred Johnson won the contest his first time entering.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1983 winner Leo Rost is a published playwright.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

2000 winner Carley Coley had to grow a beard before entering the contest.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1993 winner Frank Meitz owns a collection of fishing poles.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1989 winner Richard Royston lost 20 pounds of sweat wearing a turtleneck to the contest each year.

Every Winner Of The Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, In Descending Order Of How Much They Look Like Ernest Hemingway

1990 winner Fred Burnham doesn't look a fucking thing like Ernest Hemingway.