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Thursday, July 21, 2011

No Morristown hamfest in 2012

Got this off Facebook:

Morristown TN Hamfest 2012 Canceled
There will not be a Morristown Tennessee Hamfest during the year of 2012. The Lakeway Amateur Radio Club voted to not have a Hamfest in 2012. If you have attended our Hamfest or setup at our Hamfest, we would like to hear from you as to how you feel about Hamfest and your thoughts on the time of year to hold a Hamfest. Any comments you have will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Eugene Rogers
Webmaster
zher1@juno.com


I attended the Morristown Hamfest last January (they traditionally have it the first Saturday of the New Year) and it looked to be well-attended. It was the first time I had been in almost 10 years to Morristown's hamfest. I purchased the first of my 2 Wouxun radios there and am surprised at this decision.

A lot of people are remarking about the decline in hamfest attendance throughout the years. I can remember some of the hamfests I first attended in the 90's being crammed with folks from all over the region trying to snag up a bargain. Some blame the internet, some blame cellphones, some blame the economy, and some blame eBay for the decline.

There may not be a "smoking gun" reason for the decline but a combination of factors.

Still, I was planning to attend next year's hamfest, whether I had something to sell or buy or nothing but hang out with friends. I guess this may be another casualty of the times we are living in.