July/August 2020 Limerick Laughs Winner and Runners-up

Read the winning limerick from our July/August 2020 Limerick Laughs contest.

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The coolness of water is sweet
As sidewalks surrender their heat.
They’re caught in a muddle
With one giant puddle
And eight very wet happy feet!

Congratulations and thanks to Julie Barsel Bergman of Newington, Connecticut, who won $25 for her fun limerick describing this J.C. Leyendecker cover illustration from July 24, 1915.

If you’d like to enter the Limerick Laughs Contest for our upcoming issue, submit your limerick via our online entry form.

Here are some other great limericks from this contest, in no particular order:

Cavorting with scarcely a care,
Aware how the townsfolk would stare,
As water cascaded,
Refreshed, they paraded
Back home wearing damp underwear.

—Karen Allen, Fulton, New York

The trio could only but laugh
With the water gush found in their path.
It would aid in the task
That their mother had asked:
That all three get clean with a bath.

—Debbie Haynes, Florissant, Missouri

The kids were having such fun
Cooling off in the hot summer sun,
But their dog wouldn’t play.
His eyes seemed to say,
“Let me do what I’ve got to get done!”

—David Kropa, Freehold Township, New Jersey

That cute little girl and her bro
Are enjoying the water, I know.
From the look on their faces,
They don’t know this place is
Where I come when I gotta go!

—Scott Straub, Winchester, Virginia

He had a responsible daughter,
But she loved to play in the water.
She often was found
Getting wet on the ground
And not in the pool that he bought her.

—Wendy Hyrkas, De Pere, Wisconsin

The water this hydrant produces
Is a pleasure that needs no excuses.
The children are jolly,
And puppy thinks, “Golly,
A hydrant has multiple uses!”

—Jeff Foster, San Francisco, California

I was watching our son and our daughter
(And our dog) as they played in the water.
And I’d have jumped in
If the morning had been
Even one little tiny bit hotter.

—Mark Stellinga, Tiffin, Iowa

I’m wonderin’ could this really be?
Not something I thought I would see.
I couldn’t believe
When I went to relieve
That the hydrant was peeing on me!

—Carolyn Rebello, Stanford, California

The summer had gotten much hotter
So Susie had fun in the water.
With baby and Spot
She cooled off a lot …
Till one of the firemen caught her.

—Tracey Webb-Kolbinger, Freiburg, Germany

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