The Vernon Pickleball Association will host an open house Aug. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Marshall Field. (photo submitted)

Pickleball focus of open house

North Okanagan residents can learn more about an increasingly popular sport.

The Vernon Pickleball Association will host an open house Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Marshall Field.

“The public is invited and it will be a fun day,” said Gerry Forcier, with the association.

The event will include games, a barbecue, music, a silent auction and pickleball instruction for new players.

A demonstration will also be conducted by level five players.

“To see them play and the strategy of the sport is very interesting,” said Forcier.

Information will also be available on the pickleball facility being constructed at Marshall Field.

“Construction has begun and it’s exciting,” said Forcier.

“The association has been working on this for several years because the sport is growing at an incredible pace. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America.”

While the sport is often associated with seniors, children and young adults are also involved.

“It’s a great social opportunity because you are always meeting new people,” said Forcier.

For more information about the open house, contact forcier9831@shaw.ca or philynnrutter@yahoo.com