The Baltimore Amateur Radio ( BARC ) club hosts this event and I have to say they did a fantastic job of setting it up and organizing it and what follows is not a reflection on their organization nor their efforts. This Hamfest used to be a 2 day event, Saturday and Sunday however due to dwindling attendance they have had to reduce the number of days to two. My son and I have attended this Hamfest as 'vendors' every year for as far back as I can remember. We would rent two tables and throw up some stuff acquired or used over the last year or so. Sometimes it was our desire to sell and sometimes just to show off some things, but always our intent was to support BARC and this event. When it was a two day event it was predictable that Saturdays would be very good, and Sundays would be so-so and that is how it has been. This year felt 'different' from years past. Getting the truck into the building to unload was much much easier this year than in years past but I really paid no attention to that. Well at the end of the day I realized why the beginning was so smooth and painless ..... attendance by hams and vendors was way down than last year. It was as is this was a two day even and we got there on Sunday and missed saturday. Even some of the staff I spoke with agreed with my observations. But I digress this seems to be how Hamfests are going ....... down down down. Two day events are now one day ........ events once held in County/State Fair arenas are shrinking to the point where they are now held on Fire House parking lots. ( York Hamfest ) We as hams have only one person to blame, just one person and we look at him in the mirror everyday. For many clubs hosting a Hamfest is their annual fundraiser from which they acquire operating funds for their activities during the next year. If attendance keeps shrinking to the point where hosting a Hamfest is a losing proposition they will be unable to host a Hamfest. No Hamfest = No Budget = NO CLUBS Is that really what we want for our hobby ????? I may be wrong, but I am not the only one thinking along these lines. All that aside I did have an good day and would like to thank BARC for hosting this event ...... I only hope things turn around so that they can continue to do so !!!!!!!