May 1: Chamber hosts first-ever Pickleball Open, other events at Flaherty Park

From WSJ Staff Reports

The Wake Forest Area Chamber is sponsoring its first-ever Pickleball Open tournament on Saturday, May 1 at Flaherty Park in Wake Forest. Sponsored by Meals on Wheels of Wake County, more than 100 players have registered to play and compete in the day-long event. Spectators are invited to come and cheer on their favorite competitors. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will last throughout the day. Simultaneously, there will be a play-for-fun category for ages 11 and up (under 16 must be accompanied by a partner aged 16 and up). The cost is $20, and no advance registration is necessary. Just show up on May 1 and sign up to play. 

Along with the Pickleball Open, the Chamber Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Young Entrepreneurs Fair, sponsored by Blue Wave Pressure Washing. Students from age 9 to 14 have created products to be sold at the Fair. “Each year, we are amazed by the creativity and professionalism of the entrepreneurs,” said Ann Welton, Chamber president. “From candles, to bath and beauty products, to artwork, pet treats and more, the array of items is incredible. This is a great opportunity to support young people learning how to build a business, and perhaps buy gifts just in time for Mother’s Day!” 

Not to be outdone by the Young Entrepreneurs, Chamber members interested in marketing their products and services to the community will be participating in an Outdoor Business Expo. A wide variety of businesses will have booths, giveaways, and will share information about their services. Refreshments will also be available. 

“The three events are very different, yet we think they’ll appeal to the entire family,” said Welton. “After a long year of being cooped up, we wanted to provide a fun day for the community to enjoy safely, outdoors.” The entire event takes place at Flaherty Park and Community Center at 1226 N. White Street in Wake Forest. Visitors are asked to park in large lot next to the dog park and baseball fields. 

For more information, visit wakeforestchamber.org, or call 919-556-1519.

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