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Pinball Madness 2019 at the Museum of Pinball
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Pinball Madness 2019 at the Museum of Pinball

Banning, California. Most lifelong California residents would probably scratch their heads upon hearing the name of the place, and those that do know where it is would probably balk at the thought of traveling there.

But last Saturday, October 19, I was thrilled to be driving out by myself to this scarcely known desert community in my little Chevy Spark. It was the second and longest day of the Museum of Pinball's Pinball Madness event. Over 500 pinball machines, both old and new, popular and rare alike, all on free play from 11:00 in the morning, until 1:00am at night. A veritable dream come true for any pinball fan.

Despite suggestions that I should invite cousins, siblings, or   > Read the full story...

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