Wow! Hamvention 2017 Attendance: 29,296

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  1. W8HJR

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    A Message from Hamvention General Chairman Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ

    29,296 Attendees at Dayton Hamvention® 2017

    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,

    Ron Cramer

    Hamvention® General Chair
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  2. KB0KBJ

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    How's this compare to Dayton's numbers. A graph/chart would be good
  3. K8ERV

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    The count is off by one, they mist me. (easy to do).

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
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  4. W1YW

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  5. W1YW

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    This IS 'Dayton'. You mean HARA.

    Its up at least 5000 from last year and almost 10,000 from the dip a few years back.

    Excellent sign!

    It clearly shows that the VENUE, not the Ham BASE, was the deciding factor in the decline we saw at HARA.
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  6. KB9ZB

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    As the old saying goes: location location location. Or in this case Venue, I liked the new venue over the old venue for a number of reasons, better food, more room, better of site parking and it seems like it is less crowded even with a full house. The rain and mud issues is something no-one can predict. I fully anticipated some issues, I knew it was not going to be perfect. It did however surpass my expectations.

    I hope more will come and see what you guys have done, and improve upon what you already have. Two thoughts, a little air movement would be nice in the halls, hopefully another building and lastly, some changes in the flea market area.


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  7. NK9Y

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    Never could bring myself to attend at the old location. The desire was there, just not thrilled about the hassles. The only negative thing I can find from Xenia, is the drainage problem. Air movement could be an easy fix, if you have ever seen the HUGE fans in many dairy barns across the country.

    Could be time to look into recycled tires for walkways. (ground up into chips) They are used in equestrian facilities, and have very solid footing. Can be stored in a pile outside, off season, if you choose to do so. The product laying equipment is available through construction rental facilities. Whatever the "powers that be" decide, I'll be there next year!
  8. W3GJD

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  9. W8ENO

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    Had a great time! Can't wait until next year!
  10. N1EN

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    1998: 28,120
    1999: 28,127
    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: 17,253
    2009: 18,877
    2010: 19,750
    2011: 22,312
    2012: 24,483
    2013: 24,542
    2014: 24,873
    2015: 25,621
    2016: 25,364
    2017: 29,296

    Looks like Xenia was the largest Hamvention since they shifted from April to May (in the mid 90's April attendance figures were running low-mid 30's).
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