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Stern Announces Semifinalists In Ultimate Pinball Fan Contest

Posted On: 11/23/2016

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ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL -- To celebrate its 30th year in business, Stern Pinball Inc. has been conducting a yearlong social media contest to identify the "Ultimate Stern Pinball Fan." Stern Pinball will reward that lucky winner with a free premium-edition pinball machine.

Stern reports that, after much deliberation, it has selected 20 finalists. Contestants entered the competition by uploading photos to social media, using #Ultimate­SternPinballFan as the hashtag. The images illustrated what contestants believed would distinguish them as ultimate flipper enthusiasts. The contest ended on Nov. 1.

They are recognized on the contest's website at ultimatesternpinballfan.com. Next month, fans will vote to select one of the finalists as the winner, who will be able to choose any premium-edition Stern pinball machine that's available on Jan. 1, 2017, as the grand prize.

"Stern Pinball is incredibly proud to be celebrating 30 years of providing unlimited pinball fun to fans around the world," said chief executive Gary Stern. "We appreciate the loyalty of pinball enthusiasts everywhere, and this contest is our way to say thank you for continuing to play an incredible game and supporting our company."

Stern Pinball Inc. says it's the oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games in the world. Its games appeal to a diverse audience, from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes international competitions to novices just discovering the allure of the silver ball.

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IN THE LEAD: David Vanhoutteghem is a top contender for the title of the Ultimate Stern Pinball Fan with 520 votes as of Nov. 23.