Berryville Hamfest FAQ

When is the Berryville Hamfest?

The Berryville Hamfest is always held the first Sunday in August.

What's your typical attendance?

Attendance has been gradually increasing in recent years. 2016 numbers:

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

How much is admission?

The admission fee of $10 is for each person in a car over the age of 16. Children under 16 are free.

Are there any discounts for admission (senior citizen, veterans, etc.)?

No except that children under 16 can get in free. We have kept our admission fees the lowest of any hamfest in the region. We also don't want to do anything to slow down cars getting into the fairgrounds by asking ticket sellers to figure out different rates. When cars don't move quickly, traffic can back up on the highway, causing unsafe conditions.

Is handicapped parking available?

Yes. Just alert the ticket seller when you come in and they will direct you to closer parking area. We will also have a "Gator" available to help transport any "heavy" purchases to your car. If you need this, check with the folks at the announcer's stand. They can call the Gator driver.

Where are bathrooms located?

There are bathrooms under the Grandstand, in the Ruritan Building, and in the Horticulture Building. CLICK HERE for a rough map of the Fairgrounds.

Will there be anyone at the hamfest who can verify QSL cards for awards?  If so, is this done by reservation or a first come process, etc...??

Yes, we do card checking at the Hamfest. This is done at the ARRL table in the Ruritan building. It is first come first served; no reservations, usually after 8 AM on Sunday, the day of the hamfest. 
Can you tell me the verified vendors coming?

There is a list of vendors coming on the Hamfest page. We typically sell between 90 and 105 indoor tables, representing 20-30 different vendors. The closer we get to the date of the event, the more last-minute inquiries we get.  

What's the price for inside table spaces?

We have three vendor buildings. The only air-conditioned building is the Ruritan Building and the cost is $20 per space with table and chairs, but since current vendors get first chance at the spaces for the following year, this building is almost always pre-sold. Spaces in the other two buildings (including a table and chairs) are $15. Since we have kept the vendor space pricing the same for many years, all vendors are expected to pay the standard admission fee. The admission fee as of 2017 is $10 per person.  

Are the unairconditioned buildings terribly hot?

Usually they are quite comfortable for two reasons: the fairgrounds are shaded by many 100-year-old oak trees and we always open the big doors on each end of the buildings for maximum air circulation. 

Do inside vendors have access to electricity?

Yes, there are a few outlets in each building, but we strongly recommend you bring extension cords, power strips, and cord protectors to cover the cords that cross walking areas.

Can I reserve an outdoor space? How much is a flea market/tailgate space?

There are three outdoor areas that can be reserved: 1) the Show Barn (under cover with sawdust floor), 2) the small pavilion near the announcement stand (under cover, grass floor), and the large pavilion (under cover, concrete floor). Email us for information:

No other outdoor flea market/tailgating spaces may be reserved ahead of time - 
they're available on a first come, first served basis. 
These flea
spaces are $10 each in addition to the admission. The gates open at 6am on the day of the Hamfest (first Sunday in August)

Can we come in Saturday and stay over in our RV?

Yes, you can arrive any time after 10am on Saturday. There is an overnight camping charge of $15, but there are no hookups. We do not take reservations for camping. Since there are no ticket sellers at the gate on Saturday, someone will come around on Saturday or Sunday to collect your camping and entrance fee—and a tailgate fee if you are tailgating.

When can vendors get into the buildings to set up?

Vendors will have access to the vendor buildings after 2pm on Saturday and until 6pm that evening unless they make arrangements ahead of time for late arrival. The buildings will be locked overnight. They will only open on Sunday (the day of the Hamfest) after all the vendors in the building are set up, but no later than 8am.

May I bring my pet(s)?

The owners of the Clarke County Fairgrounds do not allow pets. 

Why can't we bring firearms/weapons?

The Fairgrounds do not belong to us, and we are complying with the owners' requirements for use of the property.