(Topic ID: 211930)

Competing Chicago pinshows (Expo vs PinballPalooza) - Poll Which one


By pinwiztom

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Bryan_Kelly
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    “Which show will you support or attend?”

    • The Original Pinball Expo (Pacak organized) 12 votes
      21%
    • The Upstart Pinball Palooza (Berk Organized) 15 votes
      27%
    • Neither 19 votes
      34%
    • Both 10 votes
      18%

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    #1 1 year ago

    https://www.pinballnews.com/site/2018/03/08/pinball-expo-changes/

    Berk is apparently spliting from Pacak
    to start his own pinball show in Chicago in Sept 2018
    called Pinball Palooza.

    #2 1 year ago

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    #3 1 year ago

    Both for me, more pins more fun. I’m fairly close though.

    #4 1 year ago

    too early to tell.

    I will support the one that offers the most to the customers/attendee.

    Plenty of time to decide (it is even too early to buy plane tickets if you needed to fly in). I will likely wait till June time frame and see what is on the schedule for each show.

    #5 1 year ago

    At this point, I'm out for this year (RL intruding). I might hit one or the other next year.

    #6 1 year ago

    My guess Robs show in Sept will do very well. From what he said in the interview he's going to make a number of changes to update the show. Expo has been great for so many years but a refresh is several years over do. I look forward to updates and plan on supporting the show. I hope Mikes show the best and will probably attend if vendors and Stern support both shows. I don't think they will.

    #7 1 year ago

    I don't think Rob thought those dates (Sept 12-15) out very well. He will be lucky to get a thousand paying customers through the doors compared to Expo getting multiples of that number.

    #8 1 year ago

    Why is mid-September bad?

    #9 1 year ago

    Labor day is the last warm extended vacation, might fly somewhere. Late Aug, early Sept kids are back in school, gotta keep them on track. Plus all of Sept is a good prep time to get everything ready for Expo. Expo is a lot of work. To me mid Sept is not good!!!!!!

    Plus the Pinball Season really starts flowing in Oct. People getting ready for the Holidays.

    Just my observation

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from GAP:

    Labor day is the last warm extended vacation, might fly somewhere. Late Aug, early Sept kids are back in school, gotta keep them on track. Plus all of Sept is a good prep time to get everything ready for Expo. Expo is a lot of work. To me mid Sept is not good!!!!!!
    Plus the Pinball Season really starts flowing in Oct. People getting ready for the Holidays.
    Just my observation

    No chance of snow in Sept which is a big plus, and typically nicer weather.

    That said, I think they should put them on the same weekend as each other. I mean, why split and then dance around the competition with each. Go head to head and 1 show will come out on top after the first year or 2.

    Splitting them by a month seems silly.

    #11 1 year ago

    I am for a show in warmer weather. Always have my fingers crossed in Oct, but it always rains or is 50 degrees. Windy as hell. Those elements have there challenges. I'm hoping something good comes of this!

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from GAP:

    I am for a show in warmer weather. Always have my fingers crossed in Oct, but it always rains or is 50 degrees. Windy as hell. Those elements have there challenges. I'm hoping something good comes of this!

    I am just the opposite. The warmer it is outside, the less likely I am to want to be stuck inside.

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from KingPinGames:

    I am just the opposite. The warmer it is outside, the less likely I am to want to be stuck inside.

    I couldn't agree more. I've been to the Seattle show a couple of times but it's always the beginning of June. It's really hard to fly somewhere and sit inside when the weather back home is so nice.

    #14 1 year ago

    Totally agree. Expo weather, on average, is cold and windy. Inside is fine.

    If it's warm and sunny, I'm probably just going Thursday night and playing outside on the weekend.

    #15 1 year ago

    Goto both get a feel , and then next year pin one show.

    #16 1 year ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    That said, I think they should put them on the same weekend as each other. I mean, why split and then dance around the competition with each. Go head to head and 1 show will come out on top after the first year or 2.
    Splitting them by a month seems silly.

    That strategy could well kill both of them.

    #18 1 year ago

    Probably both but I’m local.

    #19 1 year ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    Why is mid-September bad?

    Riot Fest for one. I'll be shooting it that weekend which means I could only go to Rob's show on Thursday.

    #20 1 year ago

    I love going to pinball shows in great weather. If I never have to move another game in cold rain, it'll be too soon. ReplayFX might be the most fun I've ever had at a show, being able to explore Pittsburgh in awesome weather between tourney rounds, for meals, etc. Pinball at the Zoo always seems like it's the last weekend of damp jacket weather. Wish it was just a smidge later.

    I guess I'm just not outdoorsy, and for me, a pinball show counts as "getting outside." Bring on September.

    #21 1 year ago

    If I'm in town both, but they are within 25 minutes of me.

    #22 1 year ago
    Quoted from indybru:

    If I'm in town both, but they are within 25 minutes of me.

    I would also hit both if they were that close to me. But they're not. They're 6 hours away and being new shows, I'll wait to hear how they go before I travel that far.

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