67th Annual Berryville Hamfest

& Computer/Electronics Show
Sunday, August 6, 2017
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

  • 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 tail-gaters - 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 $89 at Hampton Inn Winchester North (1204 Berryville Ave., Winchester, VA) until July 7. Call 540-678-4000 and ask for the Hamfest Discount. 

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 Cooley Elementary School (across from the Hamfest). 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.

Last year's (2016) Attendance 

1519 General Admission
175 Tailgaters
106 Inside Vendor Tables (24 Vendors)


Berryville Hamfest 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):



2017 Inside VENDORS:

Vendors with questions on Saturday Aug. 5 or Sunday August 6, call or text Elizabeth W4EHC on her cell 540-333-0837.


ARES/Races of VA - Ed Krom WD4KHP - Ruritan Building


ARRL - Ruritan Building


Atlantic Technology - Dave Frey K3AAX - Ruritan Building


dBj Radio & Electronics, LLC - Bob Austin - Ruritan Building


EHI - Norm Cohen - Ruritan Building


EZ Hang, Inc. - Dennis Currence - Ruritan Building


Gold Medal Ideas - Ruritan Building

Custom embroidered hats, tee shirts, badges and much more!


Grace Technology - Terry Mijal - Ruritan Building

Computers, laptops, parts, & accessories

Hitt, Kathy - Ruritan Building

Thrive Life freeze dried foods, radio & electronic kits and equipment

K3MT - Technical Books - Mike Toia K3MT - Ruritan Building

Technical books and more

KJI Electronics - Gene Niemiec K2KJI & Randy Gutentag WA2RMZ - Ruritan Building


Barry Marsh KF4LWX - Ruritan Building

220 Motorola Mobile radios, sales and programming

Mechem Electronics - Brad Mechem WA4YVM - Ruritan Building

Motorola test equipment and ham band repeaters

Erik Misavage KI4BXU - Ruritan Building

Roger Pience N1XP - Ruritan Building

RW AntennaStore - Rich Wertman - Arts & Crafts 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

Norm Sheckman - Arts & Crafts Building

Tower Electronics - Jill and Scott Cole - Horticulture Building


Transistor and Tube Radio Restoration - Mitch Amos & Skip Essigman - Ruritan Bldg

Woodbridge Amateur Radio Club - Ruritan Building



2017 Pavilion Vendors:

K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club - small pavilion near announcer's stand


Makersmiths -- Allon Stern KE4FYL -- Show Barn


The pavilion between the food area and the highway is still available for lease -- roof, open sides, concrete floor -- about 20 x 40 foot. If no one leases it by the day of the hamfest, anyone may set up there, first come, first served.

Email: berryvillehamfest@gmail.com 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: https://www.facebook.com/ShenandoahValleyARC

Last year's Vendors get first priority if they send vendor form & money before May 1.
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 and Elizabeth Cottrell (See contact info below).

NO Pets, Pornography, or Weapons!

Download copy of Hamfest 2017 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 2017 (in PDF*) first come, first served:  

  •     $20.00 per space for 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

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

Reservations are not confirmed until you receive verbal, email, or written acknowledgement from vendor coordinators. All vendors and tail-gaters 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. 

Click here for Directions and a map to the Hamfest

Elizabeth Cottrell,
Jan 4, 2015, 1:02 PM
Elizabeth Cottrell,
Jan 18, 2017, 2:10 PM
Elizabeth Cottrell,
Jan 18, 2017, 2:30 PM
Jan 12, 2012, 6:10 AM