Berryville Hamfest

70th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Computer/Electronics Show
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds
890 W. Main Street
Berryville, Virginia 22611

 Always the first Sunday in August!

Presented by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club



As of early April 2020, we are thinking positively about the 2020 Hamfest. Virginia’s Governor Northam has put a hold on gatherings until June 10, so we’ll reassess as we get additional information or guidance. As indoor vendors tell us they plan to come, we are adding them to the list below. We are assuming building locations for these vendors based on the past, but if we’re required to change table locations to comply with “social distancing” requirements, these are subject to change.  

2020 Grand Prize
to be announced

2019 Grand Prize
Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver

ICOM IC-7300 HF Transceiver
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

VE Exams

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 or 301-572-5124. (School address: 627 Mosby Blvd, Berryville, VA 22611).

2019 Attendance 

1425 General Admission tickets sold
192 Tailgater tickets sold
84 Inside Vendor Tables (26 Vendors)


Berryville Hamfest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Directions to Berryville Hamfest


[If you’d like to find out how your company can be listed as a sponsor, contact Elizabeth W4EHC (]


2020 Inside Vendors:

Will be added as we receive commitments



dBj ElectronicsBob Austin KJ4YOU
and James Austin KG4YVA

EHI Company
Norman Cohen WB4LJM

EZ Hang Inc. – Dennis Currence

Gold Medal Ideas
Amy  and Ron Kritzman

Gene Niemiec K2KJI
Serving Amateur Radio since 1978

John Bee N1GNV

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

Tower Electronics
Jill & Scott Cole


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: for information about pavilions that can be reserved.

Plus outside tailgate vendors throughout the Fairgrounds!
Inside vendors will be spotlighted on our Facebook page throughout the morning of the event:

Last year’s Vendors get first priority if they send vendor form & money before 1 April

After that, spaces are first-come, first-served on receipt of rental fee. Vendors may set up after 2pm on Saturday afternoon, the day before the Hamfest. Late arrivals and access to vendor buildings by special arrangement with vendor coordinators, John, Elizabeth Cottrell, or Mick (See contact info below).
NO Pets, Pornography, or Weapons!

Download copy of Hamfest 2020 Flyer (in PDF*) for distribution

Download a copy of the directions to the Hamfest (in PDF*)

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 – – 540-436-3818

Or write:
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 1stThere 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.