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
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
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
On Thursday, set-up was progressing steadily on the show floor.
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 staging areas
The machine layout
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
Lots of The Munsters machines
To go with The Munsters pinball, there are two very special vehicles.
Dragula, one of two The Munsters vehicles
The Dragula car has been signed by Pat Priest who will also be at the show
The Munster’s Koach
The Munster’s Koach with Eddie Munster at the rear
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
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
Setting up the tournament machines
Colin dials-in a World Cup Soccer
Seating and standings
There will also be a full schedule of seminars, starting at 6pm on Friday when Pinball News