Hamvention expected to bring major economic boost to Greene County

Hamvention expected to bring major economic boost to Greene County (WKEF/WRGT)

XENIA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - After 52 years at Hara Arena, the amateur radio extravaganza Hamvention is making its way to Greene County. It transfers its estimated $14 million dollar regional impact to the confines of the fairgrounds.

From Friday through Sunday, anywhere from 30,000-33,000 people will make their way to Xenia.

"There's going to be more people coming in than the population of Xenia," Kathleen Wright with the Greene County Convention and Visitors bureau said, "They are expecting even more, people are curious."

Over the course of planning, the county said parking has been the biggest issue. There will be out lots around the event, and Xenia officials are closing city school on Friday, so the parking lots can be used for visitors.

Wright said they are hoping services like Uber and Lyft will help alleviate some of the congestion. This is also the first year that RV campers will be allowed to park right on site.

The influx of people is also generating a high demand on places to stay. Nathan Hamilton, the manager of the Holiday Inn Dayton Fairborn, said they have helped people get rooms as far as Franklin.

"I know right now we are 80% booked for Hamvention next year," Hamilton said.

FOX45 checked online to see availability, and most of the hotels in the area are sold out. Certain hotels are raising their rates to more than $200 a night.

Homeowners in Yellow Springs are taking advantage.

"The Air BNB's are booming," Wright said.

Festivities will begin Friday, and as late as Thursday night, vendors were still setting up in anticipation.

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