Object No. 44: Roller skates

For many area residents, the Maysville Roller Rink is associated with their first time of lacing up a pair of roller skates that didn't require a key and making a wobbly attempt to stay upright.

The rink, located on Lexington Street, was once a warehouse, opened in 1954. The original floor began as a portable floor, set up under a tent in a park during the summer. When the owner of the portable rink retired, the floor was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ray King, who installed it as a permanent indoor fixture in the former warehouse.

The rink burned in 1967 but was rebuilt and has been providing entertainment and a gathering place for young and old alike ever since.

For many, the roller rink brings back fond memories of childhood friends, school or church field trips, or even a first date. From learning to stand on skates, to turning corners or skating backward, Maysville Roller Rink was likely the scene of the event.

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And who can forget boot skates with pompoms and the disco ball and lights flashing in time to the music and the Hokey Pokey.

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