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03-22-2019 12:59 PM
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 FriscoWe 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 weekendHanging banners for the showThe TPF covers several rooms with the main hall being by far the largest.

Show merchandise and clothing at the entry deskOn Thursday, set-up was progressing steadily on the show floor.

Pinballs waiting to be set upMachines 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 crewThe staging areasThe machine layoutThe layout of the vendor standsInside the main hall there is one stand-out stall, and that’s Marco Specialties’ Munster’s display.

Marco Specialties’ standLots of The Munsters machinesTo go with The Munsters pinball, there are two very special vehicles.

Dragula, one of two The Munsters vehiclesDragulaThe Dragula car has been signed by Pat Priest who will also be at the showThe Munster’s KoachThe Munster’s Koach with Eddie Munster at the rearThe Munsters Koach with The Munsters pinballElsewhere in the hall, Fun! Billiards & Gameroom Superstore are featuring games from multiple manufacturers.

The Fun! stand during set-upOktoberfest and Houdini machines from American PinballThe 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 roomSetting up the tournament machinesColin dials-in a World Cup SoccerSeating and standingsThere 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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