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The Candlepin bowling alley at the Wyoming Civic Center is a rarity in the Midwest

Wyoming Civic Center is located on the corner of Springfield Pike and Worthington Avenue. The building is an ideal place for wedding receptions and various other social events.

But a stroll down to the basement reveals a candlepin bowling alley, a true Midwest rarity.

At first glance it appears to be a regular bowling alley, but if you look around you will be struck by its unique features.

The balls are smaller and lighter. The pens are taller and narrower than their contemporary counterparts. Pens and a paper score card are provided for each lane; Electronics don’t help with language leading points.

Bowlers from the Wyoming Civic Center Candlepin Bowling League participate in a Thursday evening session in November 2021.

Steve Sharrock discovered the alley when his family moved to Wyoming at the age of 8. He first met at a birthday party and has been involved in leagues ever since. Like many others who have played the game, the eccentricity keeps him coming back.

“I just love it. It’s a nice game. I love games and this is a really nice rare game,” said Sharrock.