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July 11, 2014

Rocket Roller Rink celebrates 44 years

MILLEDGEVILLE — Today is not just another day for Rocket Roller Rink; the 18,000 square foot facility is entering its 44th year in business.

To commemorate the anniversary, Rocket Roller owners will have free cupcakes available for paid admission patrons.

"This place is just about a part of everyone's childhood. No matter where you are in Milledgeville, you'll always find someone who has a memory or story to tell about coming to the rink," said co-owner Brian Mixon.   

Mixon, along with his wife, Stephanie, and his sister and brother-in-law, Chandra and Michael Brewer, are the recent owners of Rocket Roller Rink.

They took over ownership in May 2012.

The rink holds many memories for them.  Mixon and his sister shared many birthday parties at the establishment. He also met his wife at the rink.

"When we bought it we wanted to fix it up a bit without getting rid of some of the nostalgia of the place," he said.

The four owners continue to work hard to keep Rocket Roller Rink a family-oriented business that's safe and fun for children, teens, and adults.

Everyone who enters gets a wristband, which helps control crowd flow. No one can re-enter unless they purchase a new admission ticket.

Fighting and bullying is not tolerated, said Mixon and the owners make sure that one of them is there at all times to handle any problems that may arise.

The safe, family atmosphere also comes in the form of an advanced security system, visible staff and a determination to keep the environment in the rink positive.

"We don't play any music with inappropriate language and we try to make sure our selection ranges from old school classics to current favorites."

The rink offers several options of entertainment.

Along with a state-of-the-art sound system, the owners also brought new arcade games, a mini rink for beginner skaters, indoor inflatables, and a big glove boxing area.

"It's great when you have a kid who has never been here come in and see all the things they can do. They can't decide what to try first," Mixon said.

Churches also make use of the facility, which is strongly encouraged.

The owners hope to incorporate more church activity by offering to host church lock-ins and Christian concerts.

"We really want to move towards a faith based program here to add on to the family atmosphere we already have," said Stephanie Mixon.

The ultimate goal for Rocket Roller Rink owners is to make sure each person that comes to the rink will leave feeling a sense of joy and belonging.

"We just want each kid to feel special and for parents to automatically know that their family is always welcome here," she said.

Rocket Roller Rink is located at 3021 Heritage Place. It's open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 5 p.m., Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Admission to skate or to use inflatables is $7. To skate and play, admission is $10.

Private rental starts at $350 for usage of the entire rink for two hours for 50 guests and birthday packages are available, starting at $129.

For more detailed information on prices and available services call 478-452-6853 or visit the Rocket Roller Rink Facebook page.

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