66th Annual Berryville Hamfest

& Computer/Electronics Show
Sunday, August 7, 2016
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 $8.00, 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 (2015) Attendance 

1519 General Admission
208 Tailgaters
108 Inside Vendor Tables (25 Vendors)

  Satellite Sam will be donating an RC Drone to the 
youngest licensed ham at the hamfest. That give-away will be sometime in the afternoon to give newly licensed youngsters time to get over from the test site, so stop by the announcer's stand and find out exactly what time to be there.    

7/24/16 -- Only a few center spaces left in the Arts & Crafts Building (Bldg. C nearest the concession stand). $15 each includes a table and chair. The large pavilion with picnic tables rents for $115 -- great for clubs. Let us know immediately if you want to reserve any of these: berryvillehamfest@gmail.com


Berryville Hamfest 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):



2016 Inside VENDORS:


AC & DC Electronics - Larry & Deborah Councilman - Ruritan Building

ARES Races of VA - Ed Krom - Ruritan Building

Computer & Telecom Recycling Service (CTRS) - Charles Holland - Arts & Crafts

dBj Radio - Bob Austin - Ruritan Building

Eagle 1 Communications - Ron Roush - Horticulture Building

EHI - Norm Cohen - Ruritan Building

EZ Hang, Inc. - Dennis Currence - Ruritan Building

Gold Medal Ideas - Amy & Ron Kritzman - Ruritan Building

Jack McDermott N4YIC - Arts & Crafts Building

KJI - Gene Niemiec - Ruritan Building

Bob Lafferty K3RUO - Arts & Crafts Building

N1XP/WD4KHP - Ed Krom - Ruritan Building

Pixos Designs - Jerry Pixton - Ruritan Building

William Price - Arts & Crafts Building

Quicksilver - John Bee -- Ruritan Building

Satellite HDQ - Sam Adams - Arts & Crafts Building
Sam will be donating an RC Drone to the 
youngest licensed ham at the hamfest

Norm Sheckman - Arts & Crafts Building

Tower Electronics - Jill and Scott Cole - Horticulture Building

Transistor and Tube Radio Restoration - Arts & Crafts Building

Jon Weiner K1VVC - Ruritan Building

Woodbridge Amateur Radio Club - Mark Rhinehart -- Ruritan Building


2016 Pavilion Vendors:

K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club, Richard Siff
Mentors in Electronics and Wireless Communications
Small pavilion to the left of the announcer’s stand


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 2016 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 2016 (in PDF*) first come, first served $20.00 - air conditioned building. $15.00 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,
Feb 3, 2016, 7:34 PM
Jan 12, 2012, 6:10 AM
Elizabeth Cottrell,
Feb 3, 2016, 7:36 PM