The Shreveport Hamfest was Saturday August 9, and was a very fun time. This was the first time that I had ever attended this particular hamfest. When I arrived, what I learned was: they used to have this Hamfest back in the 80s and 90s, and it fizzled out towards to late 90s after some changes in the local Amateur Radio Club that hosted it. This year was the first year that it was relaunched and it was, from what I observed, a huge success.
The held the event in the local Red Cross building, out away from town (but not too far from the casinos 😉 ) The building was fine, and the room was a decent size, but they under-estimated the number of attendees. Basically, they packed out the building and were left with little-to-no room for much else. Vendor tables were close together and crowds had a hard time getting through the aisles.
Overall, I don’t think this is a bad thing, however. A well-attended hamfest, especially one that is new (ore renewed) is always a good thing. The ARRL section leader attended this hamfest, and after the prizes were all given away, he said that this hamfest had the largest attendance in the state, with the exception of maybe Raines. Next year, they are planning to have a larger area and do some more promotion. I will certainly be attending again, it was a great time.
Of course I had my vendor table setup and did pretty good. Also in attendance was MTC and Icom themselves. There were 1 or 2 other well-known vendors, but I didn’t write-down all of them. The Wireman was on the list of vendors when I arrived that morning, but I never saw him show up.
Overall, a very good Hamfest. It was just over a 3-hour drive from Grapevine, so it is about the same distance as Oklahoma Ham Holiday and also Belton. If you have interest, I would suggest attending next year, you will probably get to see a huge turnout.