Yes, it's happening again in upstate NY--The 2019 Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show!!
The show will take place again at the Saratoga Regional YMCA at 290 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday & Saturday, August 9 & 10, 2019!
The format of the 2019 show will pretty much be the same as in 2018. There will be setup on Friday, with the show starting in the afternoon, and then continuing all day Saturday, with break-down Saturday night and Sunday.
There will be an electrical capacity of 50 games in the free play area, possibly a few more. Pinball games are welcome, as are video arcade games, redemption games, bowling & shuffle alley games, skee ball, air hockey, chex hockey, rifle/gun games, racing & driving games, and pretty much any other coin operated arcade game. So, be sure to invite your arcade friends to participate and bring a game!
Register your games here: https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/game-registration/
A game list will be available here as people register: https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/volunteer/
This is also a charity event--proceeds from the show will benefit the Saratoga Regional YMCA--a local non-profit charity organization, which will also be the host for this event.
Free Play RaffleAnyone who brings a game to the show will get in free and will be entered into the free play raffle! There will be a choice of various prizes and gift certificates in the raffle. Last year there were about 20 prizes available, so a lot of people were able to walk away with something. This year, I hope to be able to expand on that and have a few more prizes available.
Flea MarketThere will be an indoor flea market with 10x6, 20x16, and 20x20 spaces at reasonable prices, which will include a table and chairs. There will also be electric available for a few of the spaces, upon request and at no extra charge. It's only $30 for 10x6 space and $65 for a 20x20! That also includes entry to the show for you and a helper. Spaces are in the center of the room on the show floor, surrounded by free play games along the outside walls, so you will be in the middle of all the action! https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/vendors-flea-market/
Special Film Memorabilia ExhibitThere will be a special film memorabilia exhibit featuring original props and costumes from a variety of movies and TV shows, including: Once Upon a Time, Electric Dreams, Stargate, Ender's Game, Chronicles of Riddick, and Dune. If anyone has original props or costumes they would like to display for everyone to enjoy and/or put up for sale, please see the details on the website: https://pinballsaratoga.com/film-memorabilia-exhibit/
TournamentThe plan will be to have the beginner-friendly PinGolf tournament again, along with a separate round of finals for the kids. Winners of the open tournament will receive 1st through 4th place medals and a portion of the cash prize pool. The top 4 players in the kids tournament will also receive 1st through 4th place medals, and a choice of the available prizes. https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/tournament/
Various Show FeaturesThe plan is to have a food truck at the show again.
I have not fully decided yet if I will bring tempered playfield glass again this year. I will likely put out feelers a couple months or so prior to the event and possibly set up a pre-order, which should hopefully go a lot smoother this year. If it happens, I will be able to have any size cut--EM, standard, or widebody sizes, as well as backglasses for translites--so be sure to keep this in mind if you think you might need anything leading up to the show.
I will plan on having t-shirts available again this year. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help design something new, let me know. Otherwise, it will likely be similar to last year's orange/white shirts.
Charity RafflesThere may be charity gift basket raffles with items as yet to be determined. Likely some general items and some pinball related items. If you have anything you might be willing to donate, please let me know.
If anyone is willing to donate a working, plug & play ready game for a charity raffle or silent auction, please let me know. Nothing too extravagant--anything from an inexpensive EM game up to about a $1500 solid state game would probably be a good fit. Something like this could be perfect for a first-time game owner.
VolunteerEvery successful show has a strong group of volunteers, and this one is no different. We could use help with setup, assisting people with bringing in and setting up games, helping to answer questions about pinball from attendees, monitoring games for problems, and more. Any time you can offer is greatly appreciated, and volunteering for a total of only 2 hours earns you free admission into the show!
SponsorsIf anyone would like to become a sponsor of the show by providing swag, prizes, books, product samples, gift certificates, or a game for the charity auction/raffle, please let me know!
Last WordIf anyone has any suggestions for this year for feedback from the 2018 show, please let me know!
If anyone wants cards, posters, or fliers to hang up or pass around, let me know! Especially if you're heading to shows in the northeast featuring pinball, arcade games, video games, collectibles, or to a maker faire--that would be a big help for spreading the word about this fun show!
Also, don't forget that there are several activities and attractions to visit while in the Saratoga area, including the historic Saratoga Race Track! https://pinballsaratoga.com/hotels-local-attractions/
This show has grown every year so far--let’s make this bigger, better, and the best year so far!