Hamvention organizers working on new deal with Greene County

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Plans are already in the works for next year’s Hamvention in Greene County.

The annual event moved to Greene County two years ago after Hara Arena in Trotwood closed.

An email from Hamvention General and Assistant General Chairmen indicated there would not be a new building for next year’s event.

The email states organizers have been working with Greene County officials to negotiate a contract. No deal has been reached yet.

Hamvention organizers say their relationship with Greene County and the Greene County Fair Board are “excellent.”

Organizers say there will be improvements for the 2019 event.

The full statement is posted below:

“Hamvention/Dayton Amateur Radio Association has spent many hours working with Greene County officials to reach an agreement on a long-term contract where both the Fairgrounds and Hamvention would feel comfortable erecting a new building. Unfortunately, we have currently been unable to successfully reach an agreement satisfactory to all parties.

This does not mean our relationship with Greene County and the fair board is not good; quite the contrary, it is excellent.  It does mean that we will not have a new building for Hamvention 2019.   Some of the significant upgrades accomplished in 2018 were improved tents, permanent paths in the infield (flea market area) and we added an additional forum room.  More improvements are planned for 2019

We hope the Amateur Radio Community will understand and continue to support the event as enthusiastically as in the past. We will continue to send updates as the situation requires.”

Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, Hamvention General Chairman
Rick Allnutt, WS8G, Hamvention Assistant General Chairman

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