2020 CVARC Hamfest!

The OFFICIAL website of the 2020 Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest/ARRL Iowa Section Convention!  (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE)

On the banks of the scenic Wapsipinicon River is the site of the summer’s best radio fun!  The 2020 Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest / Midwest STEM TechFest 2020, will be held August 8 & 9, 2020 at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City, Iowa! Yes, this is a hamfest.  But it’s also so much more!  39 acres of fun for hams, makers, and STEM hobbyists of all kinds!

Prices for the event:

  • Kids under 18: FREE
  • Adults: $10
  • Flea Market Tables: $10 ($15 after July 1)
  • Outdoor Fleas: FREE with paid admission!
  • Commercial Vendors: $10/table / 2 free tickets if you rent 5 or more
  • RV Camping: $20/night
  • Offsite camping available: Pinicon Ridge Park
  • Contact missouriredfox@yahoo.com to reserve space download form

Hotels & B&Bs:

  • We have arranged a discount block rate with the Best Western Longbranch.  Mention CVARC to receive your discount!   90 Twixt Town Rd Ne, Cedar Rapids, 800-491-6182
  • Other suggested locations are:
    • Victorian Lace B&B – 300 East Main Street, Marion 52302 – 800-491-6182
    • Microtel – 5500 Dyer Ave, Marion – 800-491-6182
    • Quality Inn – 4747 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, 800-491-6182

On-site food supplied by Linn County 4-H Clubs and Linn County Pork Producers.

Official Hamfest Flyer

  • HUGE open-air flea market with plenty of parking (handicap parking on grounds).
  • Inside, air-conditioned trade floor
  • Extensive offering of technical forums and presentations
  • STEM activities & displays for kids of all ages
  • Homemade food and drinks by Linn County 4-H
  • Prize drawings
  • Multiple vendors will be selling new equipment!
  • ATM on site!
  • Make It/Take it Builder Activities
  • On-site ARRL VE testing, Saturday at 10:00 AM
  • SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET – Keynote speaker Bob Heil of Heil Sound!
2019 CVARC Hamfest – Linn County Fairgrounds, Central City Iowa