Hamvention 2019 attendance was 32,472, announced by the HV Executive Team. This is the highest recorded since the move to the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio.
“Our early indications were that would be a big year and it lived up to our expectations,” said Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT. “Our more than 700 volunteers worked hard to ensure that we presented a great show for our visitors. It wouldn’t have been possible without them. I also want to thank all our vendors and visitors and hope they will all be back next year.”
A small part of the increased attendance might be due to the free tickets for admission on Sunday. Sunday only tickets accounted for 800+ of the total attendance. The free day was an effort to allow local non-hams to experience Hamvention. It is expected to be continued next year .
Assistant General Chair Rick Allnutt, WS8G, said that amateur operators from all U.S. states and territories and 60 other countries attended Hamvention 2019. He said comments received about the show were overwhelming positive.
According to Gerbs, the Agricultural Society, Greene County, Xenia Township and the City of Xenia all cooperated in making Hamvention 2019 a success.
Hamvention, the world’s largest ham radio show, is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). It is held the third full weekend in May. The dates for 2020 are May 15, 16 and 17.