Wow! That may have been the shortest longest weekend of our lives! But it was soooo worth it! And now that we’ve slept it off, we wanted to send out one final message for the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival:
And thank you… of course!
Every year we spend months trying to figure out how we’re going to make TPF bigger and better. Just when we think we’ve reached the limit, you guys prove us wrong. There is absolutely no way that we could pull this off without the support of an incredible pinball community that reaches far and wide. We had exhibitors bring games from as far away as New Jersey and vendors that came from all over the United States and Europe!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Without the games you bring to share with us all weekend, there would be no show. Every year, we’re amazed at the quantity and quality of machines that you bring to the show. And we’re proud you take ownership in the Texas Pinball Festival. This year, more than before, area pinball clubs stepped up to bring games as a group. Though the DFW Pinball Group makes up a large portion of our community base, we saw participation from Ark-La-Tex, Ozark Pinball Syndicate, and Bat City and Gulf Coast Pinball Clubs.
This year, sincere thanks goes to our dedicated and passionate volunteers: Pam Heffern, Colin MacAlpine, Rachel Morris, Darren Kammer, Robert Harris, Jaelanne and Trey Gilliam, Shawn Christian, Kelly Foard Aday, Gina Curbo, Greg Spivey, Michael and Melinda Braly and Kristin and Clark Nethers, Cindy Milburn and Blake Dumesnil. You all spent more hours than we can count making sure things were handled… before, during and after the show. There were another 40+ volunteers that helped us fill in the gaps. And we can’t forget our Best in Show Judges Bill Morrison, Scott Martin, Rich Wiski, and Keith Holbrook. Thank you all!
Special thanks to our vendors and show sponsors. Our platinum sponsors included VP Vabs, Starship Fantasy, Pinball Plating and More, Marco Specialties, Coin Taker, American Pinball, Fun! Billiards and Gameroom Superstore, Multimorphic, Pinball Plating. Gold sponsors included Titan Pinball, Kahr.US, Clear Gem, Mezel Mods, Pinballz Arcade and ColorDMD. We truly appreciate your support. Be sure to check out all our TPF2017 vendors.
There are too many to list here, but we wanted to recognize all of our special guests, celebrities and speakers, including industry designers, artists and online and media personalities. We were pleased to have pinball manufacturers and executives bring their newest games out to show off. We were thrilled at all the exciting announcements and reveals, and of course to have Flash Gordon actor Sam J. Jones and Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark with us.
As much effort as we put into making the Texas Pinball Festival a great show, we recognize the time and effort each of you puts forth. YOU make TPF the best pinball show in the country!
THANK YOU FOR MAKING TPF2017 AWESOME!
And now we say Congratulations! To all of our winners… and there were a lot of them! To start with, Robert Tink took home the VP Cabs Classic in our American Heroes Raffle and Greg Campbell won the VP Cabs Vertigo in the Exhibitor Raffle. Garrett Hays took home the top tourney prize in the Texas Wizards Tournament. Kevin Moore earned the Grand Champion plaque in the Best in Show competition for his incredible Bride of Pin*Bot.
During exhibitor registration, 438 games came through the doors. We awarded over $7,000 in tournament money and trophies, and $1,600 in Best of Show award monies and ribbons. All in all, more than 5,000 people attended the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival.
Finally… mark your calendars now for TPF2018: March 16-18, 2018. We have room blocks open already at the Embassy Suites and the Hilton Garden Inn. Get all the details and reserve your room now.
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