Berryville Hamfest – August 1, 2021 – It’s Gonna Happen!

Berryville Hamfest collage
70th Annual Berryville Hamfest
Computer/Electronics Show

We’ll see you all IN PERSON on August 1, 2021 at the 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



2021 Grand Prize

ICOM IC-7300 HF Transceiver
ICOM IC-7300 HF Transceiver

Grand Prize ticket to be drawn early afternoon on Sunday, August 1. You do not have to be present to win.

Additional Prize Drawings from ticket stubs: Yaesu FT-4, MFJ 30 amp power supply, Diamond SWR meter, Craig Buck “The Easy Way” ham books (6), DX Engineering Gift Certificates, An assembled IOT kit, ARRL Gift certificates, Satellite Sam’s prizes for youngest male and female hams in attendance.

  • 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 (See partial prize list above) and hourly drawings
  • County park with pool, picnic area, and playground opposite hamfest
  • Camping spaces available Saturday night – $15 – no hookups
  • There will be two persons checking QSL cards for ARRL and CQ awards at
    the ARRL table in the Ruritan building from 8 to 11 AM
  • Special 2021 hotel Hamfest rate of $106 (CLICK HERE TO BOOK) has been arranged at Hampton Inn Winchester North (1204 Berryville Ave., Winchester, VA) for reservations booked no later than July 10, 2021. Call 540-678-4000 and ask for the Berryville Hamfest Discount. This is a significant discount over their usual $130-$150 rate. You can cancel anytime up to 48 hours before arrival.

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 (Clarke County High School, right down the road from the Fairgrounds). 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.

Do You Need QSL Cards Checked for Awards?

Two persons will be checking QSL cards for ARRL and CQ awards at the ARRL table located in the Ruritan Building from 8 AM to 11 AM. Stop by, get your cards checked for credit, then work some new ones with your finds from the hamfest!

New entrance for tailgaters this year:

To handle the expected increased attendance and get cars quickly off of Route 7, there will be a separate entrance for tailgaters just past the Main Entrance as you’re headed towards Berryville.

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 (]

2021 Inside Vendors

Vendors will be added as they confirm their attendance. Please support these businesses.

Affordable Computer Repair and Services
Kevin Dahlke
Ruritan Building



Bedford County group
Rousseau Richards KC4RCR

Dave Carter K3UCB
Ruritan Building

EHI Company
Norman Cohen WB4LJM
Ruritan Building

EZ Hang
N14L Antennas & Electronics, LLC
Chris Fox N14L
Ruritan Building

Mike Gorbutt WA8RCB

Ham World, Inc.
J. T. Malone N4ZDY
Arts & Crafts Building

Tom Hitt W4LLK

IoT Kits
Karl Berger W4KRL
Ruritan Building

Drop by our table in the Ruritan Building to see our IoT Kits. These are simple, low-cost kits that can be built with common tools. Our most popular kit is a solar-power, wireless weather station that connects to the APRS-IS network. If you haven’t built a kit in a while, try this one! All development software and online services are free for hobbyists. Assembly and programming of the kits are cookbook-style with detailed explanations provided so that you can learn how the devices work.  All details and instructions are at TNX ES 73 W4KRL.

Alex Jacocks
Horticulture Building

K3MT Books-Jokalym Press
Michael Toia K3MT & Joyce Toia KG4ABD
Ruritan Building

K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club
Richard Siff W4BUE
Small Pavilion near Grandstand

Gene Niemiec K2KJI
Ruritan Building

Les Trois Amis
Paul Dluhosh N4PD
Horticulture Building

Lost Ark Seminar
James Hoffer KW8T
Ruritan Building

Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club
Nick Bloom AJ4YB
Ruritan Building

Judith Norton
Horticulture Building

Quicksilver – John Bee N1GNV
Ruritan Building

Satellite HDQ – Sam Adams KG4JMN
Arts & Crafts Building

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

Sauder Electronics
Kathy Sauder KA3PYB
Horticulture Building

Virginia Defense Force
Jim Stanley KM4BID

WA4MCM Solutions
Don Friend WA4MCM
Ruritan Building

John Whitmer WD4KNX
Horticulture Building

Woodbridge Wireless Amateur Radio Club
Robin Williams KJ4LWN
Ruritan Building

Virginia Defense Force
Jim Stanley KM4BID
Arts & Crafts Building


The pavilion between the food area and the highway is available for lease — roof, open sides, concrete floor — about 20 x 40 feet.

Email: for information about pavilions or barns 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:
After June 1, indoor 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 2021 Flyer (in PDF*) for distribution

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

Download a map of the Hamfest Grounds (in PDF*)

Download Vendor Registration Form 2021 (in PDF*) first come, first served:

  •     $20.00 per space in the air-conditioned building
  •     $15.00 per space in other buildings
  •     $10 for tailgate space – No registration and no reservations required for tailgate spaces. First come, first served.

*All downloads in Adobe Acrobat PDF file format.

The Ruritan and Horticulture Buildings are full for 2021. A few spaces are available in the Arts & Crafts Building

For reservations and table assignments please contact vendor coordinators:

Elizabeth (W4EHC) Cottrell
540-436-3818 (landline until Hamfest weekend)
540-333-0837 (cell phone Hamfest Weekend)

Or write:
P.O. Box 2273 • Winchester, VA 22604

Vendor 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. 

Clarke County Fairgrounds map showing buildings and handicap parking