So, some of you know I’m nerdy. But I don’t believe most of you know to what extent. See, I like Star Wars, read old DC comics (Ka-Pow!!), in band in high school, & probably have way too much fun hosting themed parties.
But very few of you know what I’ll be doing this weekend. I do it every year, & ever since I was on TV at this event, I’ve worn make up there. (Maybe it’s maybelinne)
See… I go to the Hilton in Grapevine, Tax to the dank, dark, oddly lit by artificial LED lights full of disconnected whirling & dinging noises overlayed by popular 80s music.
Yes, that’s right, the Texas Pinball Festival.
(Cue nerdy music now)
Oh I know, even A-Kon isn’t subject to the basement of a massive hotel. But as one of the seminars states, we’re a lost pop icon. Hmm. Depressing.
Opens 5pm Friday the 23rd officially but the soft Tournament opening starts at 10. New machine is picked & tournament play begins! The cool thing about friday is that with the tournament soft opening you can see what of the 225 pinball machines available for play are going to be this year.
Saturday the swap meet starts out front of the hotel at 8 am sharp. The downstairs opens at 10 am & goes until 2 am. If you had children under 12 years old and they are 1 of the first 50 kids on saturday, they will receive a cowboy hat from the festival. The theme this year is a space cowboy pinball. (I love getting a shirt there every year!) on Saturday you can sit in on 1 of the following seminars:
Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball
Alan Lewis Bumper repair class
George Gomez pinball designer
Gerry Stellenberg & more!
Sunday 8 am playoffs for the tournament, 9 am open to the public, and on Sunday it closes at two thirty pm sharp.
Got swag? Go to TPF for shirts, goodies & limited edition hats.
Location: Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Tx
Dates: March 23-25, 2012
Price: weekend pass $40 adults/$30 kids 5-12; 0-5 free. Individual day wristbands available at door.
Look for me on Saturday participating in a lost pop icon, the girl wearing makeup.