Near-Fest XXXV - Thursday-Friday (No Saturday) - Spring Show Only

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Near-Fest XXXV - Thursday-Friday (No Saturday) - Spring Show Only

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Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest!
Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict with the Deerfield Fairgrounds our Spring 2024 hamfest, NEAR-Fest XXXV, the main day of the hamfest will be Friday April 26th 2024 and will end at 3:00 PM. This time only we will not be there on Saturday. Our 2024 Fall NEAR-Fest XXXVI scheduled for October 11th and 12th will be the same as always.

We hope to have some flea market and social activities on Thursday, April 25th. However, this is still being negotiated at this point in time so nothing is written in stone but here is what we anticipate.

Advance ticket holders will be admitted first (exact times to be announced) so you might want to buy your tickets EARLY online starting February 1st 2024 on our Web site, www.near-fest.com, or in March at H R O in Salem NH and Ross Hochstrasser?s Clock Shop in Whitman MA (cash only please) and get your favorite spot. Everyone else will get in one hour later.

Campers, RVs and overnight stayers will go directly into the Fairgrounds as we will not be using the Fair?s campgrounds for Thursday night this time.

For this event only admission per person is $10.00 whether you buy your ticket online, in advance or at the gate. Overnight parking and tent passes are $15.00 regardless of whether you plug into an electric outlet or not. All vehicles that remain at the Fairgrounds overnight (after 9:00 PM) will require an overnight parking pass in addition to an inside parking pass for Friday. An RV/Camper/Motorhome pass is $30.00. Everyone over 21 will need an admission ticket except unlicensed spouses, active duty military, full-time students (with ID) and other valid pass holders.

The gates open Friday morning and buying and selling may commence immediately. We offer our long-standing Porter service; if you buy something big and heavy in the flea market one of our volunteer staff members will be glad to transport it and you to your vehicle at no charge as it has been for many years. As always inside parking for disabled persons is free of charge and they may use a single person ?mobility device? as well. NEAR-Fest reserves the right to limit the use of golf carts and ?other power driven mobility devices? due to safety concerns and potential liability issues.

Please go to our Web site, www.near-fest.com, for exact opening times and any further updates. We apologize for any inconvenience that the abbreviated Mini-NEAR-Fest may have caused this time. We appreciate your indulgence and understanding.

See you at Deerfield!
73,
MisterMike, W1RC
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Re: Near-Fest XXXV - Thursday-Friday (No Sat) - Spring Only

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I have a crazy idea. I think us Hotel folks should still stay over on Friday night just for the fun night out and return home Saturday morning. Just a thought to see if any others are game. John K1BOS
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I wonder how bad that will cut into attendence, since some can only go Saturday?
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Re: Near-Fest XXXV - Thursday and Friday Only (No Saturday - Spring Show Only)

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Great news (maybe if you are retired)!!! Near-Fest is back as a two day event! I saw this on the NEAR-Fest website.

Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest!
Please note this is an updated announcement. Please disregard any other notices you may have read.
Our Spring 2024 hamfest, NEAR-Fest XXXV, will be held FOR TWO FULL DAYS, on Thursday April 25th and Friday April 26th 2024. There will be no hamfest activity on Saturday due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict with the Deerfield Fairgrounds. We had originally announced that the event would take place only on Friday but due to popular demand and the cooperation of the Deerfield Fair Association we are pleased to announce this new full two-day schedule.
Our 2024 Fall NEAR-Fest XXXVI is scheduled for October 11th and 12th and will be the same as always for the past eighteen years, on Friday and Saturday.
The gates will open on Thursday morning at 7:00 AM for PREPAID TICKET HOLDERS ONLY so you might want to buy your tickets online well in advance starting February 1st 2024 on our Web site, www.near-fest.com, or in March at the Ham Radio Outlet store in Salem NH and at Ross Hochstrasser?s Clock Shop in Whitman MA and get your favorite spot. NEAR-Fest XXXV will end at 3:00 PM on Friday.
Prepaid ticket holders will line up and enter via Gate C as we did in the Fall. They MUST have ALL of their needed tickets and inside parking passes or they will be sent to Gate F. This includes all Campers, RVs, tenters, who MUST also have their overnight camping passes as there will be NO tickets or passes sold at Gate C. Anyone needing to buy tickets or parking passes will go to Gate F and will be admitted starting at 8:00AM. Once the line has entered at Gate C it will close and all others entering the grounds will proceed to Gate F.
For this event only admission per person is $10.00 whether you buy your ticket online or in advance or at the gate. Overnight parking and tent passes are $15.00 regardless of whether you plug into an electric outlet or not. Campers, RVs and overnight stayers will go directly into the Fairgrounds as we will not be using the campgrounds this time. The cost of the pass for RVs, Campers, Motorhomes, etc, is $30.00. All vehicles that remain in the Fairgrounds overnight (after 9:00 PM) will require an overnight parking pass in addition to an inside parking pass for Friday.
Everyone over 21 will need an admission ticket except unlicensed spouses, active duty military, full-time students (with ID) and other valid pass holders.
If you buy something big and heavy in the flea market one of our volunteer staff members will be glad to transport it and you to your vehicle at no charge as we have been doing for many years. As always inside parking for disabled persons is free of charge and they may use a single person ?mobility device? as well. NEAR-Fest reserves the right to limit the use of golf carts and ?other power driven mobility devices? due to safety concerns and potential liability issues.
Please visit our Web site, www.near-fest.com, or our Facebook page, NearFest NH for any further updates. We apologize for any inconvenience that this modified version of NEAR-Fest may have caused but it is only for this time. We appreciate your indulgence and understanding.
See you at Deerfield!
73,
MisterMike, W1RC
PS: We have some really good door prizes this time, like two Yaesu FT-891 mobile HF transceivers, one on Thursday amd one on Friday. Stay tuned here for more details.
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