Bumper boats, swings, arcade games part of Starcadia auction

All kinds of entertainment equipment – from air hockey and pool tables to flying swings, bumper boats and a rock climbing wall – are going on the auction block next month.

Everything at the six-acre Starcadia Entertainment Park on Starcadia Circle off Bass Road in north Bibb County will be auctioned to the highest bidder April 18.

“Everything is in good shape,” owner Beverly Olson said. “It would be of interest to amusement park owners.”

Olson said no items would be sold prior to the auction.

The auction, which begins at 10 a.m., will be conducted by Auction Game Sales of Rockvale, Tenn.

The Starcadia property is not part of the auction, but may be sold “possibly later,” Olson said.

The park opened May 1998 and closed in mid-January. The decision to close was tough for Olson, but she’s now moving on.

“I’m past that point; it’s not sentimental anymore,” Olson said.

Auction Game Sales is advertising the event in national publications.

“I would expect there would probably be several hundred people there,” company owner Mark Floyd said. In addition to entertainment center owners, “we also do get home buyers, for stuff they can put in their home.”

Mark Ross, owner of the Putt-Putt Golf & Games franchise in Augusta, plans to be at the auction.

“Pretty much everything they utilize, I utilize and would be interested in,” Ross said. “Primarily for me are the bumper boats — I have a dire need to upgrade my fleet of bumper boats.”

While Ross is happy he may be able to add to his entertainment center, he said it was a shame Starcadia closed.

“As a businessman, I would think someone would be interested in picking that operation up,” he said. “But in this (economic) environment though, it’s a little challenging.”

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.