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Author Topic: Butler, Pa, Breezeshooter's Hamfest  (Read 4956 times)

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« on: June 06, 2008, 08:22:07 PM »

I was at the Butler Breezeshooter’s Hamfest last year, and I felt it was worth going back to again. This time though, the weather was even better than last year. I listened to talk in give friendly, informative answers and assistance. The hamfest is west of Butler, Pa on RT68, but some of the back roads can be tricky, and talk in was up to the task. I arrived at the hamfest and sat in a long but quick moving line into the hamfest. The volunteers had giving out tickets down to a science that helped keep the line into the hamfest moving quickly. The parking area is large and on grass, with plenty of room. The flea market is mostly on grass and it's large! I saw a lot of radios for sale in the flea market. There was a great variety of items to choose from. In the two large buildings the indoor vendors filled every possible space. Some vendors from the Rochester hamfest were there. It looked like the vendors were doing a brisk business the whole time I was there.

There was a good variety of food available at the hamfest, making me wish I hadn't eaten breakfast that morning. There was a large building for the restrooms near the parking area, well kept and plenty of room. There are lots of places to sit and rest between the flea market and the indoor buildings.

One suggestion I do have for the organizers is to do more hand holding for the tailgaters looking for a spot. I saw where at the top of the hill in the flea market where tailgaters had set up, but somehow the entrance to that area was cut off by a tailgater (or it wasn't apparent how to get there) and no more tailgaters could get into that area. Also, some late comers had to turn around in the flea market while looking for a spot because they missed a turn into the center grass area where there were still spots to set up. Over all the hamfest is run very well and announcements over a loudspeaker are easy to understand.

This hamfest is large, very worth making the trip. A lot of good commercial vendors show up here.

Thanks for the Breezeshooters for this hamfest! Hope to see you next year!

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