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Historic Louisville bowling alley to close after Oct. 31 celebration

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The building dates back to 1886 and people began knocking down pins in the building nearly 100 years ago. The building dates back to 1886 and people began knocking down pins in the building nearly 100 years ago.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When you're driving down Story Avenue in the Butchertown area, you can't miss the pig statue near the I-64 ramp and the green sign that says "The Vernon" in big letters.

It's better known as "Vernon Lanes."

The building dates back to 1886 and people began knocking down pins in the building nearly 100 years ago.

“Where do you start? It was bought by St. Joseph's Church -- they started bowling in 1918 and we had people from the flood of '37' -- they came here to seek refuge,” said Scottie Lawler, the Assistant General Manager.

Today it's known as the oldest active bowling alley in the country, with The Vernon Club in the basement.

But all the games, memories and music will soon come to an end.

“It's heartbreaking. It really is. Everbody's like 'man, what's going on. What's going on' and we feel the same. We all feel the same but we have other opportunities that we have in mind,” said Lawler.

General Manager, Eric Widmayer, says putting the business up for sale in April wasn't an easy decision, but it was time.

“I'd just like somebody to come in and care for the building as much as we had. It's an old building and whatever the venture may be I just hope they take good care of it,” said Eric Widmayer, the General Manager.

Widmayer says even if the business has not been sold by then, the doors will still close after Oct. 31.

Employees are now getting ready for the final season of bowling leagues, but they also want to accommodate people who recently bought Groupon deals to the bowling alley.

“Then we'll also open up as early as noon every day of the week to get the Groupons going. We'll run Groupon until the end,” Widmayer said.

Widmayer says the business partners plan to work together again soon.

For now, they're preparing go out with a bang.

“October 31 is going to be the last day. It's going to be a big party. Kentucky Blues Society is going to come down. We're gonna blow it out,” said Lawler.

If you want to sign up to bowl in the final Fall league at Vernon Lanes, time is running out.

It begins next Monday.

For information on how to get involved, click here.

For information on Vernon Lanes, click here.

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