TEXAS PINBALL FESTIVAL 2019 – LIVE

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      TEXAS PINBALL FESTIVAL 2019 – LIVE

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      The Texas Pinball Festival is back at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, and so are we.

      The venue for the Texas Pinball Festival 2019, the Embassy Suites in Frisco
      The venue for the Texas Pinball Festival 2019, the Embassy Suites in Frisco

      We arrived on Thursday afternoon – a day before the show opens – so we can bring you all the details from the set-up through to the tear down, and we will be updating this report frequently so we can bring you all the events as they happen.

      There will be plenty of vehicles with licence plates similar to this at the hotel this weekend
      There will be plenty of vehicles with licence plates similar to this at the hotel this weekend
      Hanging banners for the show
      Hanging banners for the show

      The TPF covers several rooms with the main hall being by far the largest.

      Show merchandise and clothing at the entry desk
      Show merchandise and clothing at the entry desk

      On Thursday, set-up was progressing steadily on the show floor.

      Pinballs waiting to be set up
      Pinballs waiting to be set up

      Machines are brought in through the rear loading doors, where a crew organises the unloading and directs owners to the appropriate staging point before games are taken to their spot in the hall.

      The staging area is even more important at the close of the show when everyone wants to load-up and get away as quickly as possible.

      The unloading/loading crew
      The unloading/loading crew
      The staging areas
      The staging areas
      The machine layout
      The machine layout
      The layout of the vendor stands
      The layout of the vendor stands

      Inside the main hall there is one stand-out stall, and that’s Marco Specialties’ Munster’s display.

      Marco Specialties' stand
      Marco Specialties’ stand
      Lots of The Munsters machines
      Lots of The Munsters machines

      To go with The Munsters pinball, there are two very special vehicles.

      Dragula, one of two The Munsters vehicles
      Dragula, one of two The Munsters vehicles
      Dragula
      Dragula
      The Dragula car has been signed by Pat Priest who will also be at the show
      The Dragula car has been signed by Pat Priest who will also be at the show
      The Munster's Koach
      The Munster’s Koach
      The Munster's Koach with Eddie Munster at the rear
      The Munster’s Koach with Eddie Munster at the rear
      The Munsters Koach with The Munsters pinball
      The Munsters Koach with The Munsters pinball

      Elsewhere in the hall, Fun! Billiards & Gameroom Superstore are featuring games from multiple manufacturers.

      The Fun! stand during set-up
      The Fun! stand during set-up
      Oktoberfest and Houdini machines from American Pinball
      Oktoberfest and Houdini machines from American Pinball

      The multiple tournaments held at the Texas Pinball Festival usually occupy an area at the front of the hall. This year, however, they have moved into a dedicated tournament room opposite the main hall.

      The tournament room
      The tournament room
      Setting up the tournament machines
      Setting up the tournament machines
      Colin dials-in a World Cup Soccer
      Colin dials-in a World Cup Soccer
      Seating and standings
      Seating and standings

      There will also be a full schedule of seminars, starting at 6pm on Friday when Pinball News Editor, Martin Ayub, and Pinball Magazine Editor, Jonathan Joosten, host their So You Think You Know Pinball? free prize quiz.

      We’ll be back with lots more from the Texas Pinball Festival and frequent updates across all three days, as Pinball News reports live from Frisco.

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