Hamvention 2019 Attendance Up

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  1. W8HJR

    W8HJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hamvention 2019 attendance was 32,472, announced by the HV Executive Team. This is the highest recorded since the move to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio.
    “Our early indications were that would be a big year and it lived up to our expectations,” said Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT. “Our more than 700 volunteers worked hard to ensure that we presented a great show for our visitors. It wouldn't have been possible without them. I also want to thank all our vendors and visitors and hope they will all be back next year."
    A small part of the increased attendance might be due to the free tickets for admission on Sunday. Sunday only tickets accounted for 800+ of the total attendance. The free day was an effort to allow local non-hams to experience Hamvention. It is expected to be continued next year .
    Assistant General Chair Rick Allnutt, WS8G, said that amateur operators from all U.S. states and territories and 60 other countries attended Hamvention 2019. He said comments received about the show were overwhelming positive.
    According to Gerbs, the Agricultural Society, Greene County, Xenia Township and the City of Xenia all cooperated in making Hamvention 2019 a success.
    Hamvention, the world's largest ham radio show, is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). It is held the third full weekend in May. The dates for 2020 are May 15, 16 and 17.
    PU6LCG, W6XC, N3CHW and 3 others like this.
  2. KE8NFK

    KE8NFK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wish I could go next year.... :(
  3. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

  4. N5GX

    N5GX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hasn't it been just a couple years since they moved it to 'Xenia? How does it compare to the years leading up to the move? Just curious.
    Since I live within an hour of Orlando, Hamcation is my point of reference (where walking around is like being in "FROGGER" where you are trying to not get run over by the scooters).
    KC3NUL, AA5AZ and KD8DWO like this.
  5. KD8UX

    KD8UX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sure miss Hara.....but it's all but destroyed now.......have not attended hamvention at the new venue.
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  6. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hamvention 2019 was basically the second largest attendance on record. Ever.

    The fact that Xenia location for Hamvention (move was in 2017) is showing (virtually) record attendance tells you how well its working at this new venue.

    You should go next year--great time!
    KC2PMM, W6XC, N8RAT and 2 others like this.
  7. KC2PMM

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    This was the 3rd year at the fairgrounds. I was at the first 2 but didn't make it this year, also did the last 3 or more at Hara. The fairgrounds are so much better! I think it will really start humming when they get the new building up, that's got to really help. Maybe get some more paving going on down at the infield. The food vendors ROCK!
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  8. KB8UUZ

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    Hamvention Attendance Reports

    Previous attendances;
    1952: 600
    53-90 - no reports
    1991: 33,500
    1992: 33,000
    1993: 33,669
    1994: 35,000
    1995: 33,000
    1996: Changed from Late April to May
    1997: 28,000
    1998: 28,120
    1999: 28,176
    2000: 28,804
    2001: 26,151
    2002: 24,832
    2003: 22,168
    2004: 19,869
    2005: 20,411
    2006: 20,324
    2007: 19,318
    2008: 17,250
    2009: 18,877
    2010: 19,750
    2011: 22,312
    2012: 24,483
    2013: 24,542
    2014: 24,873
    2015: 25,621
    2016: 25,364 - Last year at Hara Arena, Trotwood
    2017: 29,296 - First year - Green County Fairgrounds, Xenia
    2018: 28,417
    2019: 32,472
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  9. KC5HWB

    KC5HWB Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is excellent news. Hamvention is a great show, I highly recommend attending if you can.
  10. N4QWK

    N4QWK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you to all of the volunteers for putting on a great show. I hope to be there next year. 73
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