Discussion in 'Hamfest Reports' started by KM4BLG, Nov 22, 2015.
The Palm Springs one is nice.
Went to Butler this week; they have a new, larger location (The Big Butler Fairgrounds). While we did not stay all day, the place looks like it has far more potential for growth. Even with heavy rain in the forecast (and light-moderate rain in the morning), they had a fairly large crowd. A lot of folks were buying and selling, too.
Elmira remains one of my favorites.
I have gotten some of my BEST DEALS at the HRO swapmeet in San Diego. Might not qualify as a HAMFEST. OH yes, the SAN DIEGO HAMFEST at the LAKESIDE RODEO GROUNDS, which happens again in October 3, 2016!
That is where I got the TWO FT-1000MPs for $100!!!
That was really good.
I did reasonably well at that Hamfest, although the HRO parking lot Swap Meet is perhaps a diamond in the rough. I always good Good Stuff there.
The Chicago FM Club fest when it was at the old Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.
The ultimate fest: the Six Meter Club at the ong gone SantaFe Speedway just outside Chicago. The flea market was in the unpaved grove that served as the Speedway parking lot. It probably was one of the very few places on earth where you could inhale dust while your feet were stuck in gooiest, stickiest mud around!
I've never been to a bad hamfest ..just a short one...rain ,cold,heat,...It's all good....nice 2 do that eyeball 2 eyeball thing..
I've spent $$$, made $$$, borrowed $$$ ,lost $$$.... but I never felt like I waisted my time..
orlando...is the big one in Fl
on west central side we have tampa bay hamfest in DEC now in Plant City (many clubs)
then the Tampa ARC puts on three a year the snowbird , spring, and aug 20 fall ..
hamclub.org ..good size ..see ya 73...
Shelby! I'll be camping there this year (September 2-4).
Got to add TIMONIUM MD to the list...at least about 5 years back when it ran on Sat & Sun...Its now been cut down to one day because of financial restraints(and maybe attendance issues)...but when it was two days, it was at the TIMONIUM fairgrounds, and the gates opened on Friday evening, and you could go in and set up if you wished, then cover your wares and go for dinner somewhere in TIMONIUM..lThen a hamfest special $98.00 a night room at the Crown Royal ( I believe) Hotel...and that price included a free belt at the bar...It was a real fine setup they had, and the people who ran it we're the best.....no hamfest police running around...It was 245 miles one way from my L.I. QSL but I never minded the trip...
At a local hamrfest this weekend in Sellersville, Pa always a good one not real large the topic came up about the York, Pa hamfest when it was held at the airstrip(mid 70's or so) actually Thomasville and in the photo you can see grass on either side of the strip and that's where the sometimes hundreds of tailgaters would set up and YES the strip was still open for take off and landing.