Pinball wizardry rockin' in Cokato this weekend

10:14 AM, May 23, 2010   |    comments
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COKATO, Minn. -- On a farm 60 miles from the cities, the stage is set. Behind caution tape and inside a shed are the best of the best.

"This is the World Pinball championships," organizer Josh Sharpe told his crowd. 

64 of the world's best pinball players from 13 different countries are in Cokato this weekend to play to good old fashioned game of Pinball.


Cokato is no major city, but it is home to hundreds of what the players need: pinball machines.


"We would go to Antarctica to play; this happens to be not quite Antarctica but its close," Sharpe said.


The machines are part of a private collection and the tournament is using them with the owners permission.


Amid the dings and dongs are the elite.  One of the veteran players is Roger Sharpe, Josh's father.


He plays like a dancer, never standing still behind the controls.


"To me it's ballet and a real cardio vascular workout.


Roger Sharpe has played the game for 35 years with no apologies.


Perhaps it's a game becoming a sport,  or an old pastime, making a pass at a comeback. 

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