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iN VIDEO: Vernon club creates world's largest 'Pickleball Christmas Tree'

Marco Longley, who designed a Christmas tree made of pickleballs, is seen adding a finishing touch at the Pickleball Complex in Vernon.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Vernon Pickleball Association

A Vernon pickleball club has created what is probably the largest Christmas tree made out of pickleball in the world in the hope to raise donations for the food bank.

The tree stands more than 12-feet tall and is made up of more than 350 pickleballs.

The tree is located at the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex in Vernon and members are encouraged to hang a tree decoration and at the same time bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Vernon Foodbank.

READ MORE: Vernon's passionate pickleballers raise $1M in just 3 weeks

The Vernon Pickleball Association hopes it can collect 1,000 pounds of food and hygiene products before Christmas.

"I'm very thankful for having so many dedicated club members who volunteer their time and energy to make the VPA a success, and this includes Marco Longley who designed and built the tree," Vernon Pickleball Association president Myron Hocevar said in a media release.

The tree's creator spent months collecting broken pickleballs before building the tree in his garage.

The club is now challenging other pickleball clubs to create their own pickleball-inspired Christmas trees and to collect donations for their local food bank.

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