(Topic ID: 253842)

Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show Ending


By ForceFlow

7 months ago



Topic Stats

  • 12 posts
  • 12 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 7 months ago by Grandnational007
  • Topic is favorited by 1 Pinsider

You

Linked Games

No games have been linked to this topic.

    10
    #1 7 months ago

    After much deliberation, the unfortunate news is that the Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show will not be taking place again next year, or likely in the foreseeable future.

    A big thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the show—it has been a really fun 3 years. I greatly appreciate everyone who was able to bring games for free play, bring great stuff for the flea market, organize and participate in the tournament, and volunteer their time to help with various aspects of the show. And of a course, a special thanks to the YMCA for hosting the event, which would not have been possible without them.

    For me personally, putting on this show was satisfying accomplishment—it was no small feat to organize, and the important thing was that hundreds of people each year were able to have fun and enjoy some pinball at this family-friendly event; many had the chance to revisit a favorite pastime, and others were seeing it for the first time. A total sum of several thousand dollars was also raised for charity, which went to help local members of the community in need.

    I had been wrestling with the possibility of closing down the show for a few months. Even though attendance increased each year, increasing the amount of participation & staffing has been a bit of a challenge. Plus for me personally, the show took up a lot of my spare time, energy, funds, and storage space.

    Recently, the YMCA decided not to host the event again for 2020, which was the final deciding factor for closing down the show. I did briefly consider a change in venue, but since there aren’t too many viable options available for a good price, I’m going to let the show roll to a stop here rather than double down on a big shift to another location. I’m glad this show was able to bring so many of us together, but sorry that it also has to come to an end.

    Since the show has essentially been a continuous year-round project for the past 3 years or so, I’m looking forward to a well-deserved break. After that, I may consider a small pinball gathering at one of the local comic con or retro gaming shows in the future if the show dates line up. A few of the show organizers expressed interest at one point or another in having pinball machines at their shows. So, feel free to speak up if you might be interested in participating in something like that, and maybe we can coordinate something at one of the Saratoga/Albany area gaming or comic con events in 2020 or 2021.

    Again, thanks to everyone for helping to make this show possible and a success each year. I couldn’t have put this show together without the support of the local pinball community. I have really enjoyed getting to know many of you better during the course of these shows, and I hope to see all of you at Pinfest in Allentown, PA on May 1-2 and Pintastic New England in Boxborough, MA on June 25-28, 2020! For small local gatherings and tournaments throughout the year in the capital and upstate NY regions, also be sure to check out the Pinball 518 facebook page!

    http://www.pinfestival.com/
    https://pintasticnewengland.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/pinball518/

    Lastly, if anyone wants to grab vintage t-shirts from the show, I still have a few on-hand: https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/ad/81006

    #3 7 months ago

    I'm sorry to hear this. Although I was never able to attend I've heard it was awesome from several people. Thank you for putting them on and enjoy some time off and get back to hunting, fixing, and selling!

    #4 7 months ago

    Well thank you for doing such a great thing for the community. As you stated that it was no small feat, I’m sure it will be missed and enjoy that time you deserve.

    #5 7 months ago

    Bummer. I know it was a ton of work for you to pull this off, and it was fun while it lasted. Thanks for all of your efforts.

    #6 7 months ago

    You did the best you could Adam and we all thank you for your efforts

    Sorry to hear :-/

    #7 7 months ago

    Thank you Adam for doing what you have done - I totally understand the effort involved and the drain it can be - you are commended for being someone who DOES something in the hobby... Thank you for doing the show for 3 years !
    Joe

    #8 7 months ago

    Sorry man, but the effort was appreciated. In addition, you have, in all likelihood, brought many new people into the fold.

    Enjoy your well deserved break!

    #9 7 months ago

    Adam,
    I'm sorry to hear this, and many thanks to you and everyone who helped make this event happen the last three years. It was a fun little show.

    #10 7 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I may consider a small pinball gathering at one of the local comic con or retro gaming shows in the future if the show dates line up. A few of the show organizers expressed interest at one point or another in having pinball machines at their shows. So, feel free to speak up if you might be interested in participating in something like that, and maybe we can coordinate something at one of the Saratoga/Albany area gaming or comic con events in 2020 or 2021.

    This sounds like a constructive compromise. I know that EGX Albany seemed to be off to a good start. And thanks for the kind words about Pintastic New England!

    We should also recognize your work as a moderator here on Pinside. Thanks for promoting civility!
    .................David Marston

    #11 7 months ago

    Hate to see a show end but I do understand the work and efforts that go into these shows. All involved please give yourselves a pat on the back and see what the future brings.

    #12 7 months ago

    Sorry to see the show come to end, Adam.

    I'm really glad I was finally able to make it this year, it was a blast!

    Thank you for all the work you put into making it a success!

    Promoted items from the Pinside Marketplace
    $ 39.95
    Playfield - Protection
    Little Shop Of Games
    From: $ 9.99
    Eproms
    Matt's Basement Arcade
    $ 84.95
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    Super Skill Shot Shop
    $ 265.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Pinball Mod Co.
    From: $ 9.99
    Eproms
    Matt's Basement Arcade
    $ 69.99
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Lighted Pinball Mods
    $ 4.00
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    UpKick Pinball
    $ 40.00
    Cabinet - Toppers
    Rock Custom Pinball
    $ 157.00
    From: $ 129.95
    Lighting - Interactive
    Hookedonpinball.com
    $ 5,899.00
    Pinball Machine
    Classic Game Rooms
    $ 69.95
    Playfield - Toys/Add-ons
    Hookedonpinball.com
    $ 139.95
    Cabinet - Shooter Rods
    Super Skill Shot Shop
    From: $ 9.99
    Eproms
    Matt's Basement Arcade
    $ 208.87
    $ 12.00
    Lighting - Led
    Pinball Haus
    $ 89.99
    $ 14.95
    $ 7,599.00
    Pinball Machine
    Operation Pinball
    $ 89.00
    $ 39.99
    Eproms
    Matt's Basement Arcade
    $ 29.00
    Cabinet - Other
    Filament Printing
    $ 35.00

    Hey there! Got a moment?

    Great to see you're enjoying Pinside! Did you know Pinside is able to run thanks to donations from our visitors? Please donate to Pinside, support the site and get anext to your username to show for it! Donate to Pinside