Date: October 12th & 13th, 2013
Location: SS Billiards, 732 11th Avenue South, Hopkins, MN 55343, USA
The latest of the biannual Pinball Circus events was recently held at SS Billiards in Hopkins, Minnesota. The $25 entry fee gave Circus-goers two full days of play on all the machines, entry into the tournaments, and free food.
SS Billiards in the West Brooke Square
As we are heading into Fall. Lots of exciting things happening at SS Billiards.
Wizard Of Oz has turned out to be a huge hit. And also joining the line up is a Gottlieb Pinball Pool and Southland Little Pro.
Coming up soon will be the Pinball Circus on October 12th & 13th.
One entry fee two days of pinball fun. No extra charges for the pinball, tournaments, food, or excitement.
Schedule is Sunday noon to ten pm. Two pinball tournaments, one at 2pm one at 4pm.
Saturday is noon to midnight. All day Goose Egg Event, one ball TOPS tournaments, survivor Tournament at 5pm and Pinball Circus tournament at 8pm. And pop and hot dogs until late in the day, and pizza from Pizza Lucé every two hours.
Both days all the pinball machines are on free play.
This is also a great event to sell or buy a pinball machine. People bring in machines to sell and show to a crowd of pinball enthusiasts. This is a great chance to expose your games to a ready made market and avoid the hassles of an on line auction or strangers at your house. This is a great chance to get a new game for your collection.
People bringing in games get one free entry and $20 for each machine brought in. Please let me know what you are bringing so I'm sure there is room. And I can work with you on having the game here earlier or later to help you with your transportation needs.
Tables are provided too for people bringing in pieces and parts they want to sell or trade.
Plan to attend now and enjoy the Circus.
Stop in soon, we'll leave the pinball machines on for you.
LTG : )
9/20/13 41st Anniversary
Once the doors opened at noon, visitors found host Lloyd Olson's regular collection of machines had been supplemented by several guest machines brought in to play and, in some instances, to sell.
This way to the Pinball Circus
The extra machines were slotted in between the covered pool tables and around the walls.
The Simpsons Pinball Party and Junkyard
Space Shuttle, with Spy Hunter, Hi-Score Pool and The Getaway
Hi Score Pool
High Speed 2 - The Getaway and Maverick
Argosy and Jurassic Park, with Little Pro and Demolition Man
- the Jurassic Park was one of two brought in over the weekend
Stars went back-to-back with Checkpoint
Guests in need of a sit down could still play this Night Moves cocktail pinball
These machines mixed with Lloyd's regular machine line-up.
Creature from the Black Lagoon, Medieval Madness and Corvette
The Addams Family
Taxi and Big Bang Bar
Video games were also available
Since our last Pinball Circus report, Lloyd has become the first port of call for anyone ringing the Jersey Jack Pinball technical advice line.
You've got questions...
He advises The Wizard of Oz owners who have problems with, or questions about, their machines. So not surprisingly, he has a The Wizard of Oz of his own.
The Wizard of Oz flanked by Pirates of the Caribbean and Pinball Pool
Not only that, but Lloyd has numerous mechanisms and assemblies for the game at the front desk.
The Witch's Castle mini-playfield
The Munchkinland mini-playfield
The ball lock, winged monkey and upkicker assemblies
Also at the front desk was this mutoscope
Along with the machines for sale, there was also a vendor - Pinballs Past - who presented examples of their re-purposed pinball backboxes.
A Fireball! clock
A mirrored backbox display cabinet
Special Pinball Circus key fobs
Another change since our last report is the opening of the Casa Deli two doors down. Although food from Pizza Lucé was provided on Saturday, the menu for Casa Deli was one of the notices posted for anyone wanting to order.
The menu with other notices
More notices about the Circus
Single-ball ToPS were run across the weekend on selected Stern Pinball machines. Players could enter as often as they wanted on Spider-Man, Wheel of Fortune and Pirates of the Caribbean, but only had one ball to get the top score.
One-ball ToPS tournaments were held on three machines
Pirates was also hosting the Goose Egg competition which usually involves some level of handicapping. This pirate-themed contest required players to put one hand over one of their eyes, stand on one leg, and flip the game with the one free hand. Anyone registering their score had to yell out "Arrrrggggghhhh" to qualify.
There were two more-regular tournament held each day. Saturday brought the Survivor Pinball Tournament at 5pm, followed by the Pinball Circus at 8pm. Then on Sunday the Joe Esposito Tournament was the first competitive event of the day at 2pm, with the Pinball Masters Tournament starting two hours later.
Warming up for the tournaments
When all the matches had been played, these were the results of the tournaments:
|ToPS 1-Ball Tournaments
Wheel of Fortune
Pirates of the Caribbean
|Pinball Circus Tournament
| David Gorka
|Crazy Joe Esposito Tournament
|Pinball Masters Tournament
Pinball Circus will be back next year, with the Spring event already scheduled for April 5th & 6th.
© Pinball News 2013