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
The 2017 Dayton Hamvention will be held May 19-21, 2017 – just two short weeks away. Don’t forget that the show is no longer at Hara Arena! The Hamvention is now hosted at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.
According to the Hamvention website, their entire staff of volunteers is working hard behind the scenes to make 2017 a year to remember as they transition from the old Hara Arena location to Hamvention’s new home. Tickets for this year’s show area available online here.
Don’t forget that the W4CN A.R.T.S Club will be having their annual bus trip to Hamvention on Saturday, May 20. The rented 55-passenger motor coach will take you directly to the fairgrounds and park nearby for you to stow items or take a break. The bus departs from the Northwest corner of the UPS Main Entrance Parking Lot on Grade Lane at Midfield Access Road at 6:00 AM to arrive in time for the opening of the gates at Dayton, and will depart back to Louisville at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $35-37 and can be purchased at the link above. These tickets are separate from your Hamvention admission tickets.
Per the ARTS Club Louisville Facebook page, the club will be offering motorcoach bus service to-and-from the Dayton Hamvention on Saturday May 16th 2015. Area hams interested in attending the Hamvention can avoid the traffic and hassle of driving (and parking!) for $30 per seat for the round trip.
It looks like they need to sell about 20 more tickets by 1 April 2015 in order to secure the chartered bus for the trip. For more details, visit their Facebook page (linked above) or check out the PDF flyer for the trip.
The hamfest-on-steroids that is the Dayton Hamvention will be back at Hara Arena May 15-17, 2015. Last year the flea market and inside exhibits drew nearly 25,000 attendees to buy, sell, and trade their goods, take license exams, and meet up with old and new friends in the amateur radio community. As if that wasn’t enough, attendees have the opportunity to win some major prizes just for showing up.
A special event station will be operated from the inside exhibit area on (+/- QRM) 40M at 7.050 / 7.227, 20M at 14.050/ 14.270, and 10M at 28.050/ 28.470.
This year’s Hamvention hours are as follows:
Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday: 9;00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Tickets can be purchased online here. For more information, visit the Hamvention website at hamvention.org.