TEXAS PINBALL FESTIVAL – SUNDAY

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      TEXAS PINBALL FESTIVAL – SUNDAY

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      The final day at the Texas Pinball Festival is a short one, with events wrapping up around 2:30pm with the best-in-show awards and the prize raffle draw.

      Best-in-show awards
      Best-in-show awards

      At 2:30pm all the machines are turned off and prizes are awarded to the owners of the best machines in a number of categories.

      First though, all machine donors are entered into a draw for cash prizes and donated goodies such as a translite and a Dead Man’s Hand tabletop game.

      Show co-organiser Ed VanderVeen introduces the awards ceremony
      The draw for cash and prizes for machine donors
      The draw for cash and prizes for machine donors

      Then it was time for the best-in show presentations.  Each category had two runners-up and an overall winner, followed by an overall Grand Champion. The winners were chosen by the judging team of Bill Morrison, Keith Holbrook, Scott Martin and Rich Wiski.

      Best Classic Arcade Video Game
      Winner: April Pruitt (Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters)
      Runners up: Daniel Reinhard & Tom Rohbar

       

      Best Antique Pinball
      Winner: Mark Gibson for Champion
      Runners up: Adam Jordan & Jeff Frick

       

      Jeremy Pruitt and Mark Gibson
      Jeremy Pruitt and Mark Gibson

       

      Best ’60s Pinball
      Winner: Howard Isaacson for Friendship 7
      Runners up: Joe Gonzalez & Shawn Christian

       

      Howard Isaacson
      Howard Isaacson

       

      Best ’70s EM Pinball
      Winner: Colin Dowling for Pioneer
      Runners up: Joe Gonzalez & Nic Schell

       

      Best ’70s Solid State Pinball
      Winner: Kevin Moore for The Incredible Hulk
      Runners up: Dennis Moncla & Jeff Boulinger

       

      Best ’80s Pinball
      Winner: Greg Campbell for Centaur
      Runners up: Gavin Miller & Jeff Kohout

       

      Kevin Moore & Greg Campbell
      Kevin Moore & Greg Campbell

       

      Best ’90s Pinball
      Winner: Roy Pennington for Indiana Jones (WMS)
      Runners up:Eric Streeter & Kevin Moore

       

      Best Modern (post-1999) Pinball
      Winner: Kim Keist for Star Wars (Stern)
      Runners up:Brandon Harvey & Gary Stuart

       

      Roy Pennington & Kim Keist
      Roy Pennington & Kim Keist

       

      Best Original Pinball
      Winner: Bob Herbison for Ace High
      Runners up: Austin Knight & Terry Haste

       

      Best Pinball Restoration
      Winner: Mike Loeckle for Joust
      Runners up: Bobby Niefer & Sally Kammer

       

      Bob Herbison & Mike Loeckle
      Bob Herbison & Mike Loeckle

       

      Best Custom Pinball
      Winner: Paul Wilson for Polynesia
      Runners up: Mark Gibson & Doug Marley

       

      Grand Champion
      Winner: Lonny Payne (Jurassic Park pinball)

       

      Paul Wilson & Lonny Payne
      Paul Wilson & Lonny Payne

      The only thing remaining was to make the draw for the grand raffle prize of a new Guardians of the Galaxy pinball.  Tickets cost $5 each from the front desk and were available throughout the show, right up until the draw rook place.

      The winning ticket is drawn from the drum
      The winning ticket is drawn from the drum
      The winner is verified
      The winner is verified
      We have a winner
      We have a winner

      The awarding of the grand prize brought the Texas Pinball Festival 2018 to a close.

      The tear-down begins
      The tear-down begins
      The partially-dismantled Marco stand
      The partially-dismantled Marco stand
      Time to start taking machines to the staging area for loading
      Time to start taking machines to the staging area for loading

      The TPF show gets bigger every year – not just the numbers of machines and vendors, but also in stature with companies choosing the launch their new games or products there.  It has got to the point where pinball personalities attend the show even if they are not speaking or part of an official event.  It’s just a great place to hang out.

      Then there is the number of visitors.  The show hotel now routinely sells out almost immediately the show promo code is announced, with adjacent hotels also getting a good number of bookings.  The hall was very busy on Saturday during the afternoon and evening, while the corridor outside was frequently packed with guests taking a break or getting refreshments.

      Despite the packed schedule of events, the whole three days seemed to go without a hitch this year.  With events surrounding Pinball Expo causing uncertainty about that show’s organisation in 2018 and the establishment of Deeproot in San Antonio and Multimorphic being based in Austin, the Texas Pinball Festival is well positioned to take over as the number one pinball event.

       

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