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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2010, Posted On: 7/2/2010

Coin-Op Exhibits Make Up 20% Of Bowl Expo

Tim Sanford
International Bowl Expo, Bowl Expo, American Amusement Machine Association, Sarah Palin, Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, coin-op amusements, arcade games, Walt Steinsiek

LAS VEGAS -- The International Bowl Expo 2010 was expected to draw around 5,000 participants during its five-day run from Sunday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, at the Las Vegas Convention Center and adjacent Las Vegas Hilton.

About 20% of the listed exhibitors (more than 50 of 231) are familiar companies at coin-op amusement expositions. Among them were coin-op firms that showed their wares in the American Amusement Machine Association's pavilion, along with redemption firms Benchmark and ICE, videogame makers Sega and Namco, insurance and finance companies Sterling & Sterling and Firestone Financial, as well as redemption prize suppliers, among others.

Also exhibiting were the performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, and beverage giants Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple and Anheuser-Busch.

Photos and video from the Bowl Expo exhibit are available at AAMA's Out of Home Entertainment Facebook page and on YouTube.

The keynote address was delivered by vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is "a great friend of the bowling industry," according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, a sponsor of Bowl Expo.

In her Wednesday morning remarks, Palin praised bowling center operators as hardworking small businessmen who make a valuable contribution to their communities. She commended the bowling industry for achieving a notable resurgence despite the tough economy by focusing on innovation and entertainment value.

During a Q&A following her speech, Palin said that if elected president, she would keep open the White House bowling lane.

Walt Steinsiek, Legendary Bowling Writer And Cartoonist, Dies

Walt Steinsiek, longtime bowling columnist and widely regarded as the world's greatest bowling cartoonist, died at his home in Micco, FL, on June 27. He was 85. Steinsiek was preparing to leave for the International Bowl Expo and a gathering of the Bowling Writer's Association of America when he died unexpectedly from heart failure. See story at TCPlam.com.

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