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General Category => Amateur Radio => Topic started by: ThaDood on May 13, 2021, 1826 UTC

Title: Listing of Eastern Hamfests 2021.
Post by: ThaDood on May 13, 2021, 1826 UTC
Courtesy of WB8YST for this info. All subject to possible change:
This is a 2021 COVID version – most confirmed by www “?”


?Canceled 2021 | Breeze Shooters Hamfest and Computer Show


Canceled 2021 | Manassas Hamfest & Maker Technology Show


07/10/2021 | Mansfield InterCity ARC Trunkfest

Location: Mansfield, Ohio -
Type: 2019 ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: InterCity Amateur Radio Club

Website: : http://www.iarc.club


07/10/2021 | 37th Annual Firecracker Hamfest (facebook page seems iffy 2021)

Location: Salisbury, NC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Rowan Amateur Radio Society
Website: http://www.rowanars.com/events


08/07/2021 | (Columbus Hamfest)

Location: Columbus, OH
Type: ARRL Hamfest - Aladdin Shrine Center
Sponsor: Voice of Aladdin ARC http://columbushamfest.com


???unknown 08-07-2021 Although not set yet, this should be the Huntington Hamfest

08/21&22/2021 | Alabama, Huntsville Hamfest
Location: Huntsville, AL      700 Monroe St SW, Huntsville, AL 35801

Type: ARRL Southeastern Division Convention
Sponsor: Huntsville Hamfest

Saturday Grand Prize,  Yaesu FTdx-10 Sunday Main Prize,  MUST be present to win.

Yaesu FT-991A additional Sunday Main Prize, donated by Shack-in-a-Box
Website: http://www.hamfest.org


08/27,28,29/2021 | West Virginia State Convention

Location: Flatwoods, WV - Days Inn
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: WV State Radio Council
Website: http://qsl.net/wvsarc

08/28/2021 - Cincinnati Hamfest℠

Location: Owensville, OH
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Milford ARC
Website: http://CincinnatiHamfest.org



Location: New Kensington, PA 2335 Turkey Ridge Road

Type: ARRL Convention


Website: http://www.skyviewradio.net/ham-fests/


09/03, 09/04 09/05, /2021 | Shelby HamFest

Location: Shelby, NC
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Shelby Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://shelbyhamfest.org

09/11/2021 - Greater Louisville Hamfest 2021 - 60th Anniversary

Location: Shepherdsville, KY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Greater Louisville Hamfest Association
Website: http://LouisvilleHamfest.com
09/18/2021 - Richmond Hamfest

Location: Richmond, KY
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: CKARS
Website: http://www.ckars.org/hamfest


09/12/2021 | Butler SwapFest

Location: Butler, PA
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Butler County Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://w3udx.org



Is this Canceled ?09/19/2021  | Coal Country ARC Hamfest 

Location: Madison, WV
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Coal Country Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.wv8ccc.org/?page_id=118



09/26/2021 | Cleveland Hamfest and Computer Show

Location: Berea, OH
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Hamfest Association of Cleveland
Website: http://www.hac.org



?10/09/2021  | Parkersburg - Wood County Hamfest 

Location: Wood County 4-H Campground
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Wood County Emergency Communications

Website: http://wc8ec.org


11/13-14/2021 | Fort Wayne Hamfest and Computer Expo

Location: Fort Wayne, IN (4000 Parnell Avenue)

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Center

Type: ARRL Convention

Sponsor: Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society

Website: http://www.fortwaynehamfest.com/clubmain.htm

Went to this hamfest in 2019, I will highly consider going to more

Title: Re: Listing of Eastern Hamfests 2021.
Post by: ChrisSmolinski on May 16, 2021, 1802 UTC
Two local hamfests I plan on attending:

Memorial Day Tailgate Hamfest
Sunday May 30, 2021
at the Howard County Fair Grounds
Rt. #144, West Friendship, Maryland

BARC Father’s Day Hamfest and Marketplace
Sunday June 20, 2021…Hours: 8 am.-2 pm.
Location: the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company grounds, 16020 Carnival Avenue, Upperco, MD 21155
Title: Re: Listing of Eastern Hamfests 2021.
Post by: NJQA on May 17, 2021, 1110 UTC
The Berryville, VA Hamfest, Aug 1, 2021 is on:

While the Manassass, VA Hamfest is cancelled, a Tailgate Event will be held June 12, 2021:
Title: Re: Listing of Eastern Hamfests 2021.
Post by: ChrisSmolinski on May 17, 2021, 2226 UTC
I've been to Berryville once I think?  Used to go to Manassass back in the 80s, I recall it was huge and always hot. There was usually a soft ice cream truck parked in tailgating section, I think he did the most business of anyone.
Title: Re: Listing of Eastern Hamfests 2021.
Post by: NJQA on May 18, 2021, 0109 UTC
I’ve always found Berryville to be worth the trip.  Hot, yes (it is August after all), but the tailgate area was well shaded and the BBQ was good.  Really pleasant drive down there.   Last time I was there I saw some rare SW receiver boatanchors.  Berryville is one of my favorites.

Manassas used to be really good but fell out of favor in past years.   It was usually hot too and the tailgate area was out in the Sun - but that was at the PW County fairgrounds and the fairgrounds have been sold.  The hamfest is now at a different location in the city of Manassas.  I expected it to be poor when I attended the 2019 hamfest but was pleasantly surprised.  The new venue was not bad at all.  It even had good shade for the tailgate area.

Remember when the big hamfest in the DC area was Gaithersburg, MD?  It was huge and was two days long.  Timonium, MD was another big one.  Both are gone.  The others will disappear too if people don’t go.
Title: Re: Listing of Eastern Hamfests 2021.
Post by: ChrisSmolinski on May 18, 2021, 1433 UTC
Yes, I used to go to Gaithersburg and Timonium, both were huge, I recall at peak Timonium had three buildings of indoor selling, plus the entire fairgrounds parking lot for tailgating.  There was a second hamfest in Timonium during the summer as well, the BRATS fest I think?

The York PA hamfest moved to Spring Grove, which is smaller though closer to me. Likewise the Westminster MD hamfest moved to the Sportsmans roller skating rink, also closer, and the BARC hamfest is in Upperco, also closer. So while smaller in size, they're all at least close to me, so I guess that is a win.

I have not been to a Howard County fairgrounds hamfest in years, so it will be interesting to see how large it ends up being. My hope is the pent up demand (at least to sell your junk) from all the cancellations the past year will make it fairly large. I believe the October hamfest here is still scheduled? I need to check.

I might give Berryville a try, although it is a bit of a haul from here.  The Chambersburg PA hamfest seems to be on for the end of July. VE testing... hmm... maybe I can cram for my Extra by then  :)