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Delmar bowling alley adapts through the decades

Business celebrates 50th anniversary and looks back at history

Del Lanes is celebrating its 50th anniversary with free bowling, food and fun activities at its seventh annual Community Day on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Del Lanes is celebrating its 50th anniversary with free bowling, food and fun activities at its seventh annual Community Day on Saturday, Aug. 4. Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Sontz said as people have less money to spend and increasingly hectic schedules keep families from spending time together, bowling is still an inexpensive, year-round activity that large groups can enjoy collectively.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary and National Bowling Day, Del Lanes will hold its annual Community Day on Saturday, Aug. 4. Participants will get free food, 1-and-a-half hours of free bowling and additional activities outside for the children like face painting and a magician. The day is meant to give back to the community, but it also serves to get a new generation interested in the game.

“You need to get a new generation coming in,” said Beardsley. “Kids today have so many choices as far as sports … that when I was a kid we just didn’t have. You have to generate interest any way you can.”

Sontz said his goal remains to provide a clean, safe and fun family experience.

Del Lanes’ seventh Annual Community Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 7 p.m. at 4 Bethlehem Court in Delmar.

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