The 2017 Dayton Hamvention is all wrapped up and the attendance for the show hit nearly 30,000 people. Hamvention char Ron Cramer’s announcement is posted below. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2018 Hamvention, May 18-20, and the 2019 show May 17-19.
It took a while to collect all the information but the numbers are in and it has been a most successful year. This is quite an increase over last year’s attendance.
We knew this would be a big year but this was even beyond our expectations. The challenge was great to reinvent Hamvention at a new venue, The Greene County Expo Center and Fairgrounds in a very short time period. From all the emails, letters, and calls I have received over the last few weeks, we have accomplished it successfully. Thanks to all who provided constructive criticism, each idea is being evaluated. Please thank all our 657 volunteers from around the world for their over the top dedication to make Hamvention the success you wanted it to be.
We all recognize the traffic, rain, mud and parking issues, but part of those issues were corrected even before show weekend was over. Other issues are being worked on already for next year’s show. We are working with Greene County, Xenia Township, City of Xenia officials and the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center Advisory Board. We can’t control the rain but we promise there will not be some of the other issues next year. There may even be some new surprises in store for you. We have three extra months and a successful plan to start with.
We thank all who came to the show this first year in Greene County and hope to see you again next year. For those that thought they would wait and see how we did, sorry you missed the show but look forward to seeing you next year. Our rough edges will be smoothed out for you by then.
Thank You, and Hope to see all next year at our New Home,
Hamvention General Chair