Central Ontario Hamfest was founded in the late 60's by the
Guelph ARC as a fund raiser for the St. Joseph's Hospital Amateur Radio
club station. GARC was instrumental in acquiring and setting up the ham
station at St. Joe's --- VE3SJH. As well, the volunteers taught beginners
classes for many long-term-care patients resulting in a very active
station at the Hospital.
original Fleamarket was held in 1975 in the driveway of Rocco, VE3HGZ
now VE3YJ's QTH and the following year, in the side yard of Gord
McPhail, VE3IH. Over the years the organizers did such a great job in
promoting this event that the increasing attendees kept overflowing larger
and larger Guelph facilities forcing the club to make a hard decision on
how to continue accommodating the growing crowds.
with this growth problem, Guelph approached the Kitchener-Waterloo Club
(KWARC) who joined forces with the founding Guelph club. The space problem
was resolved by moving the event to Kitchener's Bingeman Park and then in
1998 to the Fergus Community Center. Since we've been at Fergus, the Tailgater presence has been growing steadily, especially since we've been blessed with beautiful weather every year (so far!)..
In 2010, our 36th year, we moved our classic to a new location. We believe youíll find our new site easier to access- itís on the other side of Hwy 401 from Princess Auto. Major vendors, collectors, hobbyists, and enthusiasts enjoy this one. Lots of room. You meet your friends at this one!