COVID-19 Update 6/4/20
In response to the safety concerns and various restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club’s Hamfest Committee has decided to cancel the Berryville Hamfest scheduled for August 2, 2020. We tried hard to make it work and held out hope that we could surmount all the obstacles, but in the end, we could not ensure the quality event our attendees have come to expect. We are sorry to disappoint the many people who look forward to the Hamfest on the first Sunday in August each year.
We WILL see you all on August 1, 2021.
Presented by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club
2021 Grand Prize
to be announced
2019 Grand Prize
Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver
Winning ticket to be drawn early afternoon on Sunday, August 1
- Gate opens at 6:00 AM • Vendor buildings open at 8:00 AM
- Donation $10.00, children under 16 free
- Additional $10.00 per space for tailgaters – no reservations. First come, first served.
- Commercial and indoor tables by reservation (see vendor form download below)
- Country ham and egg breakfast at 7am
- Ruritan’s famous chicken and beef barbecue at 11am
- Concessions and snack bar available
- Grand prizes (HF Rig; VHF Rig; Power Supply) and hourly drawings
- County park with pool, picnic area, and playground opposite hamfest
- Camping spaces available Saturday night – $15 – no hookups
- Special hotel Hamfest rate of $97 has been arranged at Hampton Inn Winchester North (1204 Berryville Ave., Winchester, VA) for reservations booked no later than July 20, 2019. Call 540-678-4000 and ask for the Hamfest Discount. This is a sigificant discount over their usual $130-$150 rate.
Large tailgating area with ample shade under the big oak trees. Also, electric power is available for testing purposes at various places within the tailgating area.
RURITAN FAIRGROUND RULES: NO pets, pornography, or weapons
Laurel Amateur Radio Club VE team will be administering license exams at the Clarke County High School (just down the road from the Hamfest, towards Berryville). Walk-ins welcome. All license classes. Testing begins at 12 noon. Photo ID required. For more information about the exams contact: John Creel WB3GXW@arrl.net or 301-572-5124. (School address: 627 Mosby Blvd, Berryville, VA 22611).
1425 General Admission tickets sold
192 Tailgater tickets sold
84 Inside Vendor Tables (26 Vendors)
Berryville Hamfest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
[If you’d like to find out how your company can be listed as a sponsor, contact Elizabeth W4EHC (email@example.com)]
These Inside Vendors were committed to attending this year if we had been able to have the Hamfest. Please give them your support and business.
ARES/RACES of VA
Berger, Karl W4KRL
Solar-powered weather station kits
Bob Austin KJ4YOU
and James Austin KG4YVA
Norman Cohen WB4LJM
EZ Hang Inc. – Dennis Currence
Gold Medal Ideas
Amy and Ron Kritzman
James Hoffer, Author
Secrets and Mysteries of the Lost Ark
Michael Toia K3MT
K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club
Duane Ettwein KJ4YKG
Gene Niemiec K2KJI
Serving Amateur Radio since 1978
Jack Person, W2JWP
John Bee N1GNV
Roger That Radio Parts
RW Antenna Store
Rich and Chris Wertman
Satellite HDQ – Sam Adams KG4JMN
Satellite Sam will award a Remote Control Unit to the youngest licensed Hams in attendance at the hamfest: one for Youngest Male, and also the Youngest Female. This can be someone who passes test at Fest. Sam KG4JMN
Jill & Scott Cole
TTCI Solutions/Custom QSL
Tim Hijazi KB3K
Harry Weiss N8ZR
Amateur radio equipment & accessories
Woodbridge Wireless Amateur Radio Club
Cory Sickles WA3UVV
The pavilion between the food area and the highway is available for lease — roof, open sides, concrete floor — about 20 x 40 feet. If no one leases it by the day of the hamfest, anyone may set up there, first come, first served.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for information about pavilions that can be reserved.
Last year’s Vendors get first priority if they send vendor form & money before 1 April
Download copy of Hamfest 2020 Flyer (in PDF*) for distribution
Download a copy of the Hamfest Grounds (in PDF*)
Download Vendor Registration Form 2020 (in PDF*) first come, first served:
- $20.00 per space in the air-conditioned building
- $15.00 per space in other buildings
- $10 for tailgater space
No registration and no reservations required for tailgater spaces. First come, first served.
*All downloads in Adobe Acrobat PDF file format.
For reservations and table assignments please contact vendor coordinators:
John (WD4GEK) and Elizabeth (W4EHC) Cottrell – BerryvilleHamfest@gmail.com – 540-436-3818
P.O. Box 2273 • Winchester, VA 22604
Reservations are not confirmed until you receive verbal, email, or written acknowledgment from vendor coordinators. All vendors and tailgaters are also required to purchase a general admission ticket as well as their per space rental fee. No refunds after July 1st. There will be a 10% charge on refunds prior to July 1st.
Don’t forget the Roanoke Valley Hamfest is the day before the Berryville Hamfest. Vendors can make it a double-header weekend, and if you’re coming to attend the Berryville Hamfest, why not make it a two-for-one? Support your hamfests so they can keep bringing you the great products you need to enjoy this wonderful hobby of ours.