The events official title is the O. Henry Pun-Off, and more than 30 punsters from around the U.S. will compete in front of 2000 people for pun, not profit.
Festival organizer Valerie Bennett, who is also the curator of the O. Henry Museum, says contestants face off in two different challenges.
One gives competitors five seconds to come up with a pun on a variety of topics including politics, food and body parts.
The other requires contestants to freestyle a 90-second original piece that theyve prepared ahead of time.
Although puns cant be reused and hemming and hawing is strictly forbidden, Bennett says some punsters can last as long as 20 minutes before punning out of steam.
The top punster wins a trophy shaped like the rear end of a horse and the satisfaction of punning out on top.
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