The past two weekends I've attended two "local" hamfests, one in Raleigh (RARSfest) and the other this past Saturday in Morganton (Catawba Valley Hamfest).
I thought both hamfests were well-attended, but since it was my first visit to either, I don't know if attendance was above average, normal, or down from years past. In terms of sheer size, the Raleigh hamfest was larger, which you'd expect, but not by as much as you might think. The Catawba Valley hamfest had true tailgating, in addition to two inside areas. Nice turnout. Raleigh was completely inside.
There were some vendors that attended both, which meant I had a second chance to blow even more money!
But, at both, one thing was evident. I didn't see many young hams. Come to think of it, I don't recall seeing that many younger hams at Richmond earlier in the year, and that hamfest was considerably larger than either of these two.
I don't know, maybe young folks have better things to do on a Saturday afternoon? Even young hams. Maybe I just missed them? I don't think so.
I think it's cause for concern. Anyone else noticed this?