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Food, check. Fun, check.

November 19, 2012
By Karin Elton , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Now there is another option for date night or just plain fun night for the entire family - AJ's Family Arcade. Located in Dickey's Barbecue Pit on Clarice Avenue in Marshall, the arcade features skeeball, air hockey, a pool table and prize redemption games.

The latter games are "win everytime games," said Terri Miller, the general manager of Dickey's, which is owned by Anthony Nwakama of Marshall.

"Dr. Nwakama spent a lot of time looking into arcade games," she said. "He wanted something for all ages - for the whole family, for a variety of interests and a variety of skill levels."

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After eating at Dickie’s Barbecue Pit, Mark Pavek of Elko, left, and Kyle Pavek, a student at Southwest Minnesota State University, tried out the Big Buck game Friday afternoon at AJ’s Family Arcade.

Miller said a 5-year-old recently tried the King of the Big Wheel game in which you "pump (a lever) as many times as you can. She got the big prize - 1,000 tickets. She had a blast."

Gamers can put in $1, $5, $10 or $20 in a machine and get tokens.

"Four tokens for $1," Miller said.

For the prize redemption games, winners can get "small prizes for little kids which gradually increase in value," Miller said.

The smaller prizes include glow stick press on nails, funny glasses with mustache and Mystic 8 ball. Penny candy includes Wonka Fun Dip, Airheads and Pixy Stix.

Another fun game is "Deal or No Deal," where you choose a suitcase and make deals with the banker, Miller said.

There are two skeeball machines available as well, she said.

The No. 1 favorite game is Keymaster, Miller said.

"You get the key in the lock and make it turn and it will drop a prize," she said.

And what prizes they are: a Nook Tablet, PlayStation Vita and Sony noise-canceling headphones are among the goodies.

Hungry gamers can order pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn and nachos, as well as beverages.

Batting cages, go karts and bumper cars will be available in the spring.

"Go karts will be at the south end of Dickey's," Miller said. "Batting cages will be at the north end."

Miniature golf already opened at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"The first nine holes are handicapped accessible," she said.

The hours for the games are from 3-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

"In the summertime we will have moonlight golf games and moonlight go kart, so we'll have later hours then," Miller said.



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