2016 marked the 3rd year that I attended the Cowtown Hamfest, the 2nd year as a vendor. Three years ago, it was still held at the old Lockheed Martin facility. Since then it has been at the Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center. The website for the hamfest is found at this link.
The convention center is a nice building, but honestly it is too small for this Hamfest. Last year it was pretty full, but in 2016 it was so full that the vendor tables were packed-in too close together. There was barely room to walk between the vendor tables, which were back-to-back to one another. The aisles for patrons to walk up and down were a bit farther spaced out, but still crowded. I don’t know the actual attendance number, but whatever it is, it must be about maximum capacity for this show. Myself, I would like to have had a few tables against the wall, but all the wall room was occupied. I don’t think any tables were empty during the Saturday show. Several were empty on Friday, but attendance is always lower on Friday than it is in Saturday. Saturday was full of vendors, tables and patrons. This is a good thing, I believe – it shows support of Amateur Radio and support of the Hamfest itself.
Of course I will be returning to the Cowtown Hamfest in 2017, but I would like to have a larger building and a better table area. My table was right at the front entry doorway, so I am not complaining at all – I was the first table seen when people walked into the front door. But I suspect that next year, I will have more tables with more inventory.