Date: September 5th, 2009.
On Sunday, September 5th, yet another fun-filled Pinball Picnic was held
If you haven’t been able to attend one of Lloyd’s Pinball Picnics, then even though you may have read the other pinball Picnic articles, you can’t quite know what you have missed.
Basically, the Picnics are an afternoon of free play on dedicated pinball machines, free food and free soda pop. All this is followed by an evening consisting of a pinball tournament; which is no cost to enter. Although the format of the free pinball tournaments has changed since the Picnics began, the cash prize of $100.00 has not.
I ask you, what more could any pinhead want?
Let’s start with the details and then try to show you the fun.
The line-up of pinball machines at the Pinball Picnic is shown below in order of grouping.
Up front was another set of pinball machines.
In the back was another four pack of pinball machines, plus two games on which Lloyd was working and one more pinball machine.
Next to the four pack was another pinball machine.
And, in the back corner, were yet two more pinball machines.
As seen above, not every pinball machine was turned on.
The only problem reported throughout the entire day was the possibility of the plastic over the “Creature Hologram” being a little slanted to the left.
The pinball machines available for tournament play are listed next.
As usual Lloyd supplied free food and pop.
Two other people brought in food to share. As pictured below, Marlowe brought in potato salad.
And, as shown below, Jim brought in homemade chocolate covered peanuts.
Please read the previous tournament review to see the format; played out on the four pinball machines available for tournament play.
Now I’ll try to express some of the pinball fun and general atmosphere by sharing some pictures taken throughout the day.
Believe it or not, some people actually don’t even play pinball.
But, of course there is the die-hard group who enjoy tournament pinball.
It seems everyone enjoys watching an exciting competition round.
This young lady explored a game unfamiliar to her while her boyfriend and his friend (neither in the tournament) competed on one of the non-tournament games; just for fun.
This young man came in on his own, just to play pinball, and took advantage of a lull in the tournament to play one of the newer games.
A few others were really interested in playing pinball in any capacity. Kevin proved such the case. He competed fiercely but kindly in the tournament then continued to play just for the enjoyment of the game.
Now back to the tournament. The namesake organizer whittles out the details for the final round.
Coincidentally enough, the last round came down to a competition between Joe, John and Marlowe.
Joe happily took second place (along with his $25) and John happily took first place (along with the lion’s share of $75).
Dates for Lloyd’s next pinball events are in the Diary section, so start making your plans to visit now.
All pictures are property of SS Billiards and are used with permission and courtesy of LTG.