The Great Hagerstown Hamfest

Downloadable Hamfest Flyer

Home of The Great Hagerstown Hamfest

Washington County Agricultural Center
MD Rt. 65 South Sharpsburg Pike, Near Hagerstown, Md.

Sponsored by:
Antietam Radio Association

May 5, 2018

GPS coordinates:
N39 30"53.8' , W77 44" 41.66'

Great Location

Many Features for the Whole Family


  • Easy Access from 1-70

  • Pavilion Picnic Facilities

  • Playground for Kids

  • 4 miles from Antietam Battlefield

  • Food Concession Stand serving
    Breakfast and Lunch

  • Commercial Eating Establishments
    and the Prime Outlets at 1-70 exit

  • In the case of bad weather tailgating
    can be held in up to four Pavilions onsite


Tickets and Admission


Tickets and Admission

General Admission $7.00
(Children 12 & under free)

Tailgating Per Space $7.00

Due to a major increase in the rental price
of the AG-Center we are forced to increase
the price of our tickets.

Main Building - Inside Tables
In Advance....... $10.00/table space
Day of Hamfest.. $15.00/table space




Hamfest Features

  • Large Indoor Vendor Area

  • Covered Tailgating Available

  • Paved Open Tailgating Area

  • Security Provided for Vendors
    (that arrive Friday evening)

  • Many Prizes Drawings
    throughout the day!

    (Prizes to be determined)

  • Grand Prize Drawn at 12:30 PM
    (need not be present to win)

  • ARRL VEC TEAM Amateur Class
    1:00 PM - Walk-Ins accepted

  • Informative Programs to Attend

  • We invite any Ham group such as QCWA, QRP and others to arrange to have a meeting or gathering at the Hamfest.  There are several areas on the Hamfest site available.  Just let us know in advance so we can make the space available and post it at the club table.

Admission Tickets are required of all vendors. Tables and spaces rented on First Come-First Served basis.
ADVANCED PAID REGISTRATION GUARANTEES SPACE! Rental of tables and spaces received by "April 25th" will receive tickets by mail before the Hamfest. The cut off date for all mail in reservations will be May 1, 2017 with the 3rd being  the final date for emailing or phoning in reservations. 

For more information on reservations please contact: 

Herman Niedzielski, K2AVA
Phone: (301)791-5841
or Bill Collins, K3WJC
Phone: (304)676-9391




after 6:00 PM      Vendors and Tailgaters may setup


06:00 AM             Gates Open for Tailgaters and Vendors
07:00 AM             Main Building Opens for Attendees
08:00-12:00 PM    Various Small Prize Drawings every Hour
                                (Must be present to win)
09:00 AM             ARRL Forum - Lead by
                            Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, MDC Section Mgr.
09:50 AM             ARA Cake will be cut and ready to serve
                                It goes good with a cup of coffee
10:00 AM             Speaker – TBD
                           Topic -TBD
11:00 AM              Bargain Auction
                                Bring your left over treasures to sell
12:30 PM              Grand Prize Drawing
01:00 PM              ARRL VEC Team - Amateur License Exams
                            (please check in for exam between 12:30-12:45 PM)
                             VEC details Contact: Brian Umbrell, W3PDW








Talk-In: W3CWC
Hamfest  Repeater   147.090 + (PL Tone of 100)
Backup                       146.940 - (PL Tone of 100)

For Information Please Contact: W3CWC
Mailing Address: Antietam Radio Association
P O Box 52
Hagerstown, Maryland 21741-0052



*** Due to club policy, neither weapons nor pornographic material may be displayed or sold at the Hamfest site.
Commercial vendors are responsible for tax collections and should have proper tax/license certificate available.

Our Hamfest Philosophy: 
Since moving to our current location the emphasis has been and will always be on building an "old fashion" hamfest.
  It will always try to include seminars, tailgate sales, inside sales, food concessions, VE testing sessions, vendors and much, much more..... 



From The North
From I-81 South to I-70, Take I-70 East to Exit 29A South.
Go South on Rt. 65 for 6.5 miles to the
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.


From The South
From I-81 North to MD Exit 1, Rt. 68. Go East 5 miles to MD Rt. 65
Turn Right on Rt. 65 South and continue for 3 miles.
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.


From The East
Take I-70 West to Exit 29 South
(A and B shown on signs coming from the west )
Go South on MD. Rt. 65 for 6.5 miles.
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.

From The West
Take I-70 East to Exit 29A South
Go South on MD. Rt. 65 for 6.5 miles.
"Washington County Agricultural Education Center" on your left.