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2018 Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show: Aug 10 & 11, Saratoga Springs, NY

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  1. ForceFlow

    ForceFlow New Member

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    For those who haven't heard about this yet, I am pleased to announce that the 2018 Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show is on!

    Details about the show can be found at https://pinballsaratoga.com

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    It will be a two-day show on the second weekend of August: Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11. It will take place again at the same location at the Saratoga Regional YMCA in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Y staff are very excited to be hosting this event again! Here is a map link: https://goo.gl/maps/QgNLLya9bBq

    Additional details about the show will be added as they develop.

    The idea was to have a small local show since there's not much in terms of pinball in this area. However, this show will only be fun and successful if collectors and enthusiasts from the area are able to bring games for everyone to enjoy. Note that there will be a cap of 50 pinball games (as electrical capacity allows) this year. Arcade games are welcome as well, including shuffle alleys, pitch & bat, table hockey, skee ball, or any other video games.

    If you would like to bring a game (or several), the registration details are available here:

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/game-registration/

    If you have rubber feet/footies/castors for your game, please bring them. The floor in the room is wood and may cause games to slide around somewhat. Rubber pads will be provided if you do not already have rubber feet/footies/castors for your game(s).

    There will be vendor and flea market spaces available. Spaces are priced low enough to attract anyone who might not feel they have quite enough stuff to make it worthwhile for one of the larger shows--it's just $30 for a 10x6 space, which includes a table and chairs at no extra cost. Details are available here:

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/vendors-flea-market/

    This show will be run more or less like most other shows, just scaled down somewhat. So, if you have been to other shows before, many of the same familiar rules and guidelines will apply.

    There will also be a beginner-friendly PinGolf tournament, with prizes for both kids and adults. Details here:

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/tournament/

    If you have not been to the Saratoga area before, there are several downtown attractions, shops, restaurants, and a bustling night life just 5 minutes away. Some details are here:

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/hotels-local-attractions/

    Thanks to everyone who came to and supported the 2017 show--Hope to see everyone at the 2018 show and can't wait to see what games appear this year :)

    One thing will be looking for help with for the 2018 show:
    -Volunteers for judging for the "Best in Show" awards who are familiar with a wide range of EM and/or SS games.

    The show is only a couple months away, but if you think you can help, please let me know :)

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    What's that like 5 hours from the border at Buffalo/NF?
    I went to Rochester twice years ago. Long boring drive, toll roads.
    It was a good show lots of varied items (game room show).
     
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    Just about.

    Also, it's 2 hours straight down south of the border along side the Vermont state border. About 3 hours from Montreal, 4 hours from Sherbrook, and 4.5 hours from Ottawa.
     
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    Only about a month until the show!
     
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    10 days!

    If you haven't already registered games, there is plenty of space :)

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/game-registration/

    Don't forget--if you bring a game, you will be entered into the free play raffle.

    Prizes include:
    * A $50 Grand Prize Gift Certificate for Pinitech.com if you register a game before midnight on 8/1
    * Four $25 Gift Certificates for PinballLife.com
    * Two $25 Gift Certificates for Pinitech.com
    * Two $25 Gift Certificates for CometPinball.com
    * Various pinball-related items
     
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    The show date is rapidly approaching, and I hope everyone is excited as I am! There is still lots to do before the doors open, but I was hoping you might be able to help with one thing.

    The number of games is currently sitting at about 30--the show currently has a capacity of 50.

    If you know of others who have games who might be interested in the show, please invite them and try to encourage them bring a game! I know there are probably a number of collectors in the area who either were still thinking about it or might not have heard about the show, so if you could help spread the word and maybe give them a little nudge of encouragement, that would be a huge help!

    This isn't just limited to pinball machines--if someone wants to bring a video arcade game or anything else that is coin operated, all games are welcome!

    I know that moving a game can sometimes be an effort, but the more games that appear in this local show of ours also means the more fun it will be!

    Anyone who brings a game will get free entry to the show and will be entered into the free play raffle, which includes a number of gift certificates and pinball-related items.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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    Thanks to everyone for a fun show! Special thanks to everyone who brought one (or several) games and to the folks to set up in the flea market! Thanks to everyone who helped with setup, volunteering during the event, and break-down!

    Photos from the event will be posted in the next few days. If you have any photos, feel free to share them :)

    If anyone has comments, critiques, or suggestions for improvement, please share those as well. A couple of weak areas that will need improvement are encouraging more arcade game collectors to bring games for free play, and encouraging more buying & selling. If you have ideas that you think might help improve on those, please let me know.

    Thanks again for coming to the show and contributing to this charity event!
     
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    If you visited or participated in the show, there is a quick survey available. If you have a few moments, please send in your thoughts. This will help shape the show for next year. Thanks!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WFYR9H5
     
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