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Campground transforms into outdoor arcade

GILPIN COUNTY
The 6th Annual Dory Hill Pinball Camp-out, which draws pinheads from all over the country to camp out, play pinball and enjoy the mountain location, returns, Sept. 5-7, to Base Camp at Golden Gate.

Beginning on Friday around noon, trucks and trailers show up with pinballs ready for play, according to event founder and J&S Coin Operated Services owner Steve Trujillo. “It is a site to see as the campground transforms into an outdoor arcade of sorts,” he said. “Last year we had over 40 participants and over 20 pinballs. We are hoping to at least match that this year.”

The top pinball/cabin/campsite—voted on by the tournament participants—will be awarded cash and a trophy. There are also two tournaments available for participants for a fee and a free kids tournament that runs all weekend long with trophies awarded to the top three kids.

For $5 anyone can participate in voting and play pinball all weekend long. This fee is waved with the purchase of a T-shirt or sweatshirt. If you just want to check it out, stop by and browse free of charge during normal campsite hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Call 303-582-9979 to make reservations for camping or just show up to check out the event. Base Camp at Golden Gate campground, formerly Dory Hill Campground, 661 Hwy. 46, is located across from the Gilpin County Fairgrounds. For more campground information go to http://www.basecampco.com.

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