The Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA, K3CUJ) is pleased to announce that the annual CARA Fest is on Sunday, 1 October 2023 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. We are emailing all the local club POCs and editors listed with ARRL to request your help in spreading the word. The key information is pasted below for your convenience, and our flyer is attached if you would like to share it.

CARA is also pleased to provide indoor tables for our fellow clubs to spread awareness of their activities, free of charge. If you have not already been in touch with us to coordinate an information table, you may book a complimentary table on the Tickets page of the CARA Fest website, let me know and I will put you in touch with our coordinator.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your support!


Wendy Sauvageot, K3TBD
CARA Fest Communications


Sunday, October 1st, 2023

7am-noon – RAIN OR SHINE

Howard County Fairgrounds

2210 Fairgrounds Rd, West Friendship, MD 21794

For more information or to pre-purchase admission, vendor, and tailgater tickets go to


  • $10 admission per person (kids 16 and under FREE)
  • $10 per outdoor vendor/tailgater space
  • $20 per indoor vendor table
    • ** New this year — indoor vendors can pre-select desired tables/locations when purchasing on the CARA Fest website! Once purchased, table placements are guaranteed.**


  • 6am
    • Gates open for vendor/tailgater setup
  • 7am-noon
    • Vendor/Tailgater Sales
    • Club Exhibits
    • DXCC Card Checking
  • 9am-10:30am
    • Amateur Radio License Testing

Other Activities

  • Food will be available for purchase from the Lions Club (while supplies last)
  • Each adult admission is a chance to win one of several door prizes (you do not need to be present to win)

Talk-In Frequency

  • 147.390 +0.6 MHz, PL 156.7 Hz


Download the flyer below: