At the direction of local, state and federal health officials, the East Greenbush Amateur Radio Association has re-scheduled its 19th annual Hamfest from Saturday, May 9th to Saturday, August 29th. EGARA fully supports the request in response to safeguarding the health of its members, vendors and the many Amateur Radio enthusiasts who attend the event each year.
The location of the Hamfest will remain the same, located at the pavilion of the East Greenbush Fire Department, 68 Phillips Road, Rensselaer, New York. The time will also remain the same, with the gate opening at 8 am, and vendor set up beginning at 7 am.
EGARA will use the additional time to further promote the event and its sponsors. Because so many Hamfests and Amateur Radio activities have been canceled completely due to the coronavirus pandemic – including the annual Hamvention in Dayton -- we believe our event will experience a surge in attendance and we are taking appropriate steps to handle the expected increase.
We want to thank our fellow hams, as well as our sponsors for their understanding and support during these difficult times. EGARA will continue to publicize our sponsor’s products and services as we continue to build and expand our 2020 Hamfest in August. These efforts will include our website, newsletter, and our ongoing marketing and outreach.
As we continue to build toward the new August date, we welcome Amateur Radio businesses and vendors to join our Hamfest as sponsors. They are invited to contact Bryan Jackson at W2RBJ@Outllok.com for information and details.
Building on two decades of success, EGARA's Hamfest 2020 promises to be another winner, with lots of great bargains and plenty of prizes, including several Wouxun DMR/Analog HT radios!!! Once again, we will also be offering an HF/6 Meter transceiver as a Grand Prize! Our 2020 Hamfest will offer over $3,500 in prizes!
Because we sold out our vendor tables quickly last year, vendors are urged to reserve their spots early. Reservations may be emailed to W2RBJ@outlook.com. Vendor tables are $10 each and include an admission ticket with each table purchased. Interested sponsors may also email their inquires.
Our Hamfest sponsors receive many benefits, including:
Hamfest 2020 will be held on the grounds of the East Greenbush Volunteer Fire Department, with vendors located in the covered pavilion. Tailgaters also have ample parking for selling their gear. A selection of delicious foods and snacks will also be available for breakfast and lunch -- an EGARA Hamfest tradition!
As our 19th annual Hamfest approaches, we'll provide regular updates, including all of this year's sponsors and prizes! Stay tuned!