Once a year, however, Nikolich and his wife, Holly, pull all the machines out of storage for the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown, 10,000 square feet of tournament play, exhibitors and seminars. Dozens and dozens of other owners and vendors show up with their machines to support the events No Quarters Needed ethos, making for three crazy days of furious flipping, non-stop blinking and serious high scoring.
Pinball is pretty alive and active along the Front Range, says Nikolich. Its become more a mainstream, kind of retro thing in Denver. In the beginning, we had a rough time finding people to bring their games, and now weve essentially tripled in size.
The seventh annual Showdown starts today at noon and runs until 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Auditoriums 2 and 3), 15200 West Sixth Avenue in Golden. Admission is $20 per day for adults, $10 for ages seven to twelve; kids six and under get in free. Get a full schedule and more details at www.pinballshowdown.com or by calling 303-938-9889.
Fri., April 23, 12-10 p.m.; Sat., April 24, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010