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The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:00 pm
by Sparky
Well, since the subject just came up, let<s start the thread for the 2018 Pinfest in Allentown.

The show is on Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th. Confirmed here on the agriplex website:

http://www.allentownfairpa.org/index.ph ... ear/2018/-

And here is Pinfest's site:

http://pinfestival.com/

Where?

1925 W Chew St
West Chew Street 1925
Allentown, PA US

Here are some details:

Pinfest 2018!

Allentown PA Spring Pinball Show featuring over 300 pinballs on freeplay, countless vendors, and a large indoor flea market

The Pinfest 2018/Allentown PA Spring Pinball Show will feature over 300 pinballs and arcade games from all eras on freeplay, countless vendors specializing in pinball accessories and equipment, and a large indoor flea market with dealers selling used machines and parts to be held on May 4 and 5 at the Agri-Plex Expo Center at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 1 hour from Philadelphia and 90 minutes from NYC. There will be plenty of great food selections at concession stands and the famous farmers market across the parking lot. Pinball tournaments for people of all ages are planned. Come and play as much pinball as you desire, shop all you want, and come and leave, for one low admission cost for each person, each day.
This event started out in 1995 as the Pinball Wizards Convention; a local show that was promoted and founded by Brian Hein and held in area firehouse halls and overtime, the show grew each year and called its current 60,000 sq. ft. venue home in 2005.
The show was rebranded as Pinfestival (aka Pinfest) in 2011 when Ivan L. from Mid-Atlantic Replay took over the management. Thousands of pinball and coinop collectors come from all over the nation to attend what is now the largest pinball and gameroom expo on the East Coast.

Accomodations?

Plenty in the area. Most in the last few years have stayed at the Comfort Suites in front of Dorney Park, but many had a bad experience last year. Many also stayed at the Ramada (including myself). Not the neatest, but it did the job and it was cheap. The PInfest website has some suggestions and rebates.

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:17 pm
by Hammerhead
Going again this year, staying at the Wingate.

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:15 pm
by Guard
Have only been to last year's shows in Ottawa and Hawkesbury so I'm thinking it's time to check out this one and see how the Americans do it.

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:48 pm
by Murphelman
I'm thinking of heading out there this year as well. Never been but looks like a tonne of fun. They have tournaments there too?

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:10 pm
by pharoah007
Deep fried cheese curds here I come ;)

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:21 pm
by Guard
pharoah007 wrote:Deep fried cheese curds here I come ;)


Say what??

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:48 pm
by Pinball Junkie
Murphelman wrote:I'm thinking of heading out there this year as well. Never been but looks like a tonne of fun. They have tournaments there too?


They do! You will most likely be playing against Jason unless he can't make it. I 'm usually too busy trying out the new games, getting parts, checking out the mods, going to the huge farmers market across the parking lot, or chilling at the tail gate party in the parking lot planning the après-pinball evening. :)

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:16 pm
by Honey Badger
Murphelman wrote:I'm thinking of heading out there this year as well. Never been but looks like a tonne of fun. They have tournaments there too?


Yes Mike, I think it will be on the IFPA circuit tour this year as well. I won it last year so I’ll be defending my crown!!!

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:11 pm
by pharoah007
Guard wrote:
pharoah007 wrote:Deep fried cheese curds here I come ;)


Say what??



Once you pop your Allentown cherry you will understand. Great Famers market across the road ;)

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:18 pm
by mbudman
Hello,

I am looking to go and would be interested in driving up with people/ share travel expense. If anyone would like to do so, please contact me.

Thanks,

Mark

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:57 am
by redketchup
I will be there as usual, already book at the same hotel than last years

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:18 am
by paidge
Yes and trying to bring a game this year.

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:59 am
by underachiever
Sparky wrote:Accomodations?

Most in the last few years have stayed at the Comfort Suites in front of Dorney Park, but many had a bad experience last year. The PInfest website has some suggestions and rebates.


Stayed there 3 previous times - no problems at all. Now I wouldn't stay there if you paid me. (maybe for a nib pinball machine - maybe)
Heed the advice of avoiding the Comfort Suites. They handed out room keys to anyone, even if not their room. Management was total buffoons, lied to everyone at every opportunity. Money went missing from a room. Total crap fest at the Comfort Suites. AVOID AT ALL COSTS! SLEEP IN YOUR CAR INSTEAD! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:11 am
by Murphelman
Air BnBs are really good and cost less than hotels usually. I have been using them for a while now and love them. Just an alternative to getting crappy hotels.

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:28 am
by Guard
I'm thinking of the KOA campground........alcohol free though?? Yikes.....

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:10 am
by cdnpinballer
Seems like there will be a party room with pins setup at the Ramada out near the airport.

I booked a room there at the special show rate.

Gino, is it the same Ramada?

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:31 am
by Azatotht
I'm not going this year, have other things in mind lately.

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:06 pm
by redketchup
cdnpinballer wrote:Seems like there will be a party room with pins setup at the Ramada out near the airport.

I booked a room there at the special show rate.

Gino, is it the same Ramada?

Yep i think it's the same... the same one then last years

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:51 pm
by Mrhide
hmmm :thinking

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:31 pm
by gilles
Would be interested if I could share a ride
Gilles

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:51 pm
by cdnpinballer
redketchup wrote: Yep i think it's the same... the same one then last years


Perfect!!

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:21 pm
by AMX
Je peux pas etre là mais svp, allez manger chez Mission BBQ pour moi... pis rapportez moi un six pack de sauce!!!! :lol: :hungry :beerchug

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:56 pm
by Sparky
Well, I decided not to go. Cancelled my hotel room and my vacation time. Not really interested.

I will save the money for something else.

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:45 pm
by pharoah007
Cant wait to kill my liver for 3 days. Hopefully the trip this year will not be in a death trap of a car/van. 2 of the 4 times I have gone the ride was barely road worthy.

A few things about this years Allentown I have been looking froward to ;)

Re: The Allentown 2018 thread!

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:52 pm
by Honey Badger
pharoah007 wrote:Cant wait to kill my liver for 3 days. Hopefully the trip this year will not be in a death trap of a car/van. 2 of the 4 times I have gone the ride was barely road worthy.

A few things about this years Allentown I have been looking froward to ;)


Just for that, the HBV will ride again!!! :D