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Duck Key resident, Marcel Damiecki, will compete in

Hemingway Lool-Alike Contest



Pictures show Marcel emulating the "Papa" persona.

Duck Key's own Marcel Damiecki will compete in Sloppy Joe's 29th Annual Papa Look-Alike Contest in Key West on July 23-26, 2009.

The Look-Alike contest is one of a number of events in Key West which will celebrate Ernest Hemingway's birthday as well as pay tribute to Hemingway's work as author and sportsman.

The first preliminary round of competition begins on Thursday, July 23rd, with a second round held on Friday, July 24th, 2009

The finals will be held on Saturday, July 25th.

Finalists are chosen from each preliminary round. In 2008 over 141 Look-Alikes began the competition. Thirteen contestants were chosen for the finals in the first round with an additional twelve selected in the second round.

Following the finals partying moves to Duval Street with food and drink.


Saturday, July 25th at Noon - Look for Marcel and get your photo taken with "Papa Hemingway". At one o'clock you can watch Marcel take part in Sloppy Joe's "Running of the Bulls". The event will feature mock bulls unlike the real bulls of the Bull Run of Pamplona, Spain.

Marcel will be wearing apparel identified with Hemingway.

Former winners of the Hemingway serve as the judges to pick the winnner.

There is a serious side to Hemingway Days including scholarships to Florida Keys students interested in writing, journalism and nursing funded by contributions from "Papas" and their supporters.

Also featured will be a one-man play exploring the Hemingway's life a museum exhibit of Hemingway memorabilia, and a marlin tournament For information about Sloppy Joe's Hemingway Look-Alike Contest and other look-alike events, visit





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