Brush Square, 409 E. 5th St.
Austin, Texas 78701

NOTE: this is based on a preliminary description. Please check the website for final site, time, and information.

The Friends of the O. Henry and Dickinson Museums will celebrate the lowest form of humor at the 31st Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships on Saturday, May 17, 2008. Back by popular demand, the competition will be held in Brush Square, downtown Austin (5th Street at Neches). All Austin citizens are invited to join in this irreverent assault on the English language, which lures both veteran verbivores and naive neophytes from across the nation for verbal jousting, mental calisthenics, and general carousing.

The Pun-Off is one of the oldest public events in Austin, and is open to 32 contestant in two categories of competition: "Punniest of Show" and "Punslingers." The battle of words has strict time limits, and the last one left standing at the end of the competition is declared the winner.

The Pun-Off showdown begins at high noon. Music will be furnished starting at 11 am. A Book Sale will benefit the O. Henry Museum and proceeds from a Silent Auction will support restoration of Susanna Dickinson's historic home. Auction items include gift certificates and donations from artists, restaurants, sports venues, hotels, and stores. Admission is free, but cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted for auction items, books, and food.
The O. Henry Museum is located at 409 E. 5th Street in Austin. For
more information, ontact the museum at 512-472-1903 or visit

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Added by mrflip on May 20, 2007



The 2009 O.Henry Pun-Off will be held on Saturday, May 16th at the O.Henry Museum - 409 E. 5th Street in Austin, TX. If you are itching for more inflammation please visit the wwwebsite