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Colonial Lanes celebrates National Bowling Day

Aug. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Colonial Lanes celebrated National Bowling Day on Sunday by offering free bowling and shoe rental for the day.

It's a holiday that's no longer officially recognized by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, but Amy Neighborgall-Fisher, owner of the business, said she wanted to offer free bowling anyway.

"We think it's important to get the community involved and give families something to do to spend quality time and talk to their kids," she said.

Bowling is a social sport that anyone can do, whether they have disabilities, are 2 years old or 102 years old, she said.

"It's a good, clean family-oriented sport everyone can do together," she said.

That's what brought Ann Marie Puckett from Ona to Huntington on Sunday afternoon with her 6-year-old daughter, Emilee. Puckett said she likes to give her daughter different experiences, and it was their second trip bowling and first trip to Colonial Lanes.

"It's beautiful," Puckett said. "I think we'll be back."

Savannah Burnett of Roanoke, Va., and Brenda Randolph were also among the bowlers on Sunday. Burnett is a three-times-a-week bowler who was happy about getting a chance to bowl for free. Randolph is less experienced at the game but was having a good time anyway.

"I'm praying," she said with a laugh. "It seems easy when you watch it on TV but when you get here, it's a whole different story."

Neighborgall-Fisher said that fall leagues for adults and juniors start up soon. Learn more at www.coloniallaneswv.com, on Facebook or by calling 304-697-7100.

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