Celebrity Guests to Attend 2017 Festival

(Frisco, Texas) January 11, 2017 ~ The Texas Pinball Festival returns to Frisco March 24-26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Frisco Conference Center, 7600 John Q. Hammons Dr. Each year this popular event, the largest of its kind in the industry, welcomes guests from all over the United States and beyond.

This year, festival organizers are excited to announce that actress and writer Cassandra Peterson, popularly known for playing “Elvira,” will be attending the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival. Cassandra will join pinball designer, Dennis Nordman and artist, Greg Freres, in a special forum on Saturday, March 25, to discuss their work together on “Elvira and the Party Monsters” and “Scared Stiff.” This marks the first time ever that Dennis, Greg and Cassandra will sit on a panel together.

Also attending this year's festival, Sam J. Jones, who is best known throughout the world as Flash Gordon. Other popular roles include The Highwayman, The Spirit and as Aris Boch, in Stargate’s SG-1. Sam is also known for his cameo in the 2013 hit Ted, and its 2015 sequel, Ted 2, and is also featured on the 1980 Bally “Flash Gordon” pinball machine. Sam will be available for autographs and photo-ops. Additional fees may apply. 

The show will feature more than 400 vintage and new pinball machines, as well as classic arcade games to be set on free play. Enjoy a variety of adult and child pinball tournaments throughout the weekend to test player’s pinball skills against others for trophies and prizes. Vendor demonstrations, parts, supplies, equipment and memorabilia will also be available. There will be a presentation by well-known pinball artists and designers on Friday and Saturday, followed by autograph signing and Q&A from the audience. The DFW Pinball group will host a swap meet in the parking lot on Saturday at 8 a.m. Door Prizes for pinball related memorabilia will be drawn throughout the weekend, including a grand prize raffle drawing Sunday awarding a full size Pinball Machine to benefit Military Veterans.

The Texas Pinball Festival will be open Friday, March 24 from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. – midnight and Sunday, March 26 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. One-day passes are $30 for adults and $15 for children on Friday, $40 for adults and $25 for children on Saturday, and $25 for adults and $10 for children on Sunday. Weekend passes are $65 for adults and $40 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 get in free. Save on a weekend pass by purchasing ahead of time online. For more information, call 214-471-5777 or visit