PINBALL enthusiasts from as far away as Victoria and Queensland have rolled up to Caves Beachside Hotel to indulge their passion for the much-loved arcade game.
Newcastle Pinball Association (NPA) expected about 1500 people to attend the fifth annual Pinfest, a one-of-a-kind event where they had the chance to play more than 60 machines, from 1960's classic models to present day new releases.
NPA president Chris Slevin said Newcastle had “always been a pinball town”. “Our own Hankin was Australia’s only ever pinball manufacturer and we have [at Pinfest] two of the five machines they made.”
Entry fees from “The Festival of the Silver Ball” will be donated to MS Australia, Beyond Blue and Hunter Community Legal Centre. NPA has given more than $30,000 to charities over the past four years. Mr Slevin said Pinfest was known to reignite a love for the game. Brett Goodwin from Belmont South visited three years ago and bought some machines. He travelled to Pittsburg earlier this year to participate in an international competition.