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Author Topic: Hamvention 2017 Update  (Read 2458 times)
W8JX
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« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 05:18:54 AM »

I was a Hamvention committee member in the late 80's. We always discussed moving the event but two problems couldn't be solved. One was a location that could contain the exhibitors, forums, and flea market at one location. Second the event had to be close to Dayton because of the volunteer work force to have the event.

With the closing of HARA DARA had only two options, end Hamvention or move to a new location. They chose to move to Xenia which was a logical choice.

I'm sure when 2017 Hamvention is over we will be happy.

I was part of it in 90's and DARA hates change. It nearly took a act of god to get them to move it from April to May. Landscape and possible locations have changed a lot since 80's and if DARA would get it head out of its arse and move it to Jun there would be even more options for location. The irony of this is that it has been known for many years that HARA would fold soon because they were well behind of taxes yet DARA did nothing and rode ship until it sunk and was even advertising it would be at HARA in 2017 at close of 2016 show when end was in site. Then the scrambled to find the cheapest possible site with no concern for access or parking and have been trying to sell it to masses as a great solution with spins. Nobody held a event there except farm stuff because of its location and limited parking and facilitates. Nobody but DARA that is...  Kinda sounds like old HARA slogan many years ago, "nobody but HARA". WOnder when they are going to change names to XARA. The argument that DARA used for years against moving was it had to be in Dayton to be Dayton hamfest and could not be moved to another city (unless of course it was dirt cheap)
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« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 07:48:15 AM »

I was a Hamvention committee member in the late 80's. We always discussed moving the event but two problems couldn't be solved. One was a location that could contain the exhibitors, forums, and flea market at one location. Second the event had to be close to Dayton because of the volunteer work force to have the event.

With the closing of HARA DARA had only two options, end Hamvention or move to a new location. They chose to move to Xenia which was a logical choice.

I'm sure when 2017 Hamvention is over we will be happy.

It was a logical choice?  Seriously?!?! 

Please explain that there are no other locations...anywhere, that has the same or even more indoor space than the county fairgrounds.  Hint:  If the county fairgrounds doesn't have enough indoor space, and they are planning to rent tents, why can't they rent tents somewhere else?

Please explain how "the largest hamfest in the world" is a laughing stock, when Friedrichshafen and Tokyo Ham Fair hold their shows in professional looking arenas/buildings, and dara held their show in a falling down, should be condemned, "building," or now, a county fairgrounds.   

Please explain how supposedly "dara had a plan in place," which turned out to be a lie, because it was well known that they were scrambling to find a place. 








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« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 08:18:19 AM »

It was a logical choice?  Seriously?!?! 

If logic is based only on cheapest cost.....  Lots of options around here and Xenia is cheapest and smallest with poorest access too. (that's why it is cheap)

Please explain that there are no other locations...anywhere, that has the same or even more indoor space than the county fairgrounds.  Hint:  If the county fairgrounds doesn't have enough indoor space, and they are planning to rent tents, why can't they rent tents somewhere else?

DARA has to sell that it had no other options to make the cattle barns look good.

Please explain how "the largest hamfest in the world" is a laughing stock, when Friedrichshafen and Tokyo Ham Fair hold their shows in professional looking arenas/buildings, and dara held their show in a falling down, should be condemned, "building," or now, a county fairgrounds. 
 

No argument there. DARA banks on a title that they won by default many years ago and have run that title into ground and needs to pass it to someone that will do it proper
 
Please explain how supposedly "dara had a plan in place," which turned out to be a lie, because it was well known that they were scrambling to find a place. 

The plan was keep fingers crossed and hope for a miracle. DARA signed at least a two year contract on new dump  around September/October well after HARA closed up according to news media back then.

Only way to once again have a proper venue is to boycott this years event and force DARA to change venue or pass crown.  But if sheep keep drinking DARA sheepaid and support latest folly, what was once a great event many many years ago will sink even further into the cesspool and become a barn yard 2 dollar flea market with 20 dollar ticket prices. 
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