Pickleball available in Laurie

On Tuesday, participants began free lessons of a new game to hit the city of Laurie — pickleball.

The game opened at the bandstand at the Laurie Fairgrounds, and is free to the public.

Pickleball is the fastestgrowing sport in America. It is similar to tennis, but it is a suitable activity for all ages and all levels of physical ability. It has become a major attraction in retirement and snow-bird communities in the South, and now is available to Lake of the Ozarks residents and visitors.

The game is played by sending a wiffle-type ball back and forth over a net with a paddle and scoring points. Several community volunteers are now giving free lessons to beginners and will continue this instruction from 1:30-3:30 p.m., weather permitting, through April.

The court will be available for play during daylight hours any day of the week. Equipment may be checked out at the Fairgrounds office, the log cabin, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Friday.

For more information, call Susann Huff at 573-374-8776 or Amy Luebbering at 573-280-6489.

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