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The Big Pickle: Pickleball Tournament

The Big Pickle was such a wonderful experience! We had the best time at our inaugural pickleball tournament on March 24 at Dreamland in Dripping Springs. We are so grateful to all the players, spectators, event organizers, and those cheering from afar.

A little morning rain gave way to sunshine and beautiful warm weather at Dreamland, and our team was eager to welcome guests for a fun afternoon. You could feel the enthusiasm and positive energy on and off the courts. DJ David Garza kept us all in the groove. Everyone enjoyed delicious food from Taco Deli, Little Ola's Biscuits, Snarf's Sandwiches, Easy Tiger and GoodPop. Drinks were flowing from Rambler Sparking Water, Sap's Clubby Seltzers, Austin Beerworks, Progress Coffee, Ranch Rider Spirits, and BOXT. Supergoop saved us from sunburns. The space looked so festive thanks to Pop & Drop, The Essential Market, Whim Hospitality, and Panacea.

Congrats to the Big Pickle Tournament Winners!

Photo Highlights:
Check out some terrific action shots below from Collin Findlay Photography, and click here to view the full gallery.

Order your Big Pickle hats! Proudly show off your support of Friends Austin by purchasing a very stylish Big Pickle hat! Sure to be the hottest trend this spring, these green hats are $25 and can be ordered online. You will be able to pick up your hat at the Friends Austin office. Click here to order your hats!

Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets.
Our raffle has ended, and winners are being notified via email. Thank you to each prize sponsor for your generous donations: Commodore Perry Estate,Camp Lucy, Tillies, Tito's Vodka. Antonelli's Cheese Shop, Graza Olive Oil, Waterloo Greenway Pop-Up Picnic, Recess, Clubby Seltzers, Katie Kime, Hari-Mari and YETI .

Many thanks to our Big Pickle organizers!

Event Co-Chairs:
Lauren Smith Ford & Staley Moore

Host Committee:
Riley Blanks, Ben Barnes, John Beckworth, Will Bryant, Cameron Campbell, Katy Dennison, Morgan Dewan, Rebecca Feferman, Michael Fojtasek, Elaine Garza, Kristin Gish, Hallie Hamilton, Katie Kime, Jay Kleberg, Kelly Krause, Claire Money, Joe Newberry, Martha Pincoffs, Aaron Ross, Caroline Smith, Ryan Smith, Camille Styles, Graeme Waitzkin, Anne Marie Walker, Jennifer Welch

Many thanks to The Big Pickle in-kind sponsors:

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