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Bibb Skate Arena Rolls into New Ownership | Families

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Bibb Skate Arena Rolls into New Ownership
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It's like slipping back to the 1970s with disco balls and funky music.

"Some of our customers that used to skate here have kids and they grow up, I lose them when they get drivers licenses. Then I don't see them again and they come back with a baby stroller," says co-owner Mike Skelly. "And they say, deja vu just like I left it."

Skelly, better known as Mister Mike, owns the Bibb Skate Arena with his sister, ever since their uncle decided to retire.

"So he gave me the keys, here take it over. So I did and that was 44 years ago," he says.

Now it's time for Skelly's retirement. The siblings sold the rink to new owners, who will take over March 18th.

That's important for Laura Mcelmurray who celebrated her 10-year-old daughter's birthday at the rink. 

"I learned how to skate here and all three of my children did and my family did. my mother, mother in law, they all come here," she says.

"I've been doing it since 1, and I've liked it ever since," says Kenna McElmurray.

Skelly has made few changes to the skating rink since 1962 choosing to keep with tradition and the feel of the disco era.

"That's the two most radical things I've done I guess in 44 years: roller hockey and roller derby," Skelly says.

Skelly says his uncle bought the arena for $20,000. During his 44 years of ownership, the land and building expanded. 

That's why he was able to sell the rink for $500,000. 

The rink is located at 5335 Hawkinsville Road in south Bibb County.

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