Monday, August 1, 2016
The 2017 Dayton Hamvention® will be held at the Greene County Fair- grounds and Exposition Center in nearby Xenia, Ohio, county and Hamvention officials announced August 1, less than a week after Hara Arena – Hamvention's home since the 1960s, announced that it would be closing. Xenia is roughly 20 miles east of Dayton.
According to the Dayton Daily News, the Hamvention generates some $17 million in economic activity for the region.
Friday, July 29, 2016
The general chairman of the 2017 Dayton Hamvention® announced today that the owners of Hara Arena had decided to permanently close the facility.
However, Ron Cramer said show officials had already been developing contingency plans (Hara's future has been questionable for several years) and that "a great new home" had been lined up, although details were still being finalized. Cramer assured Hamvention vendors and visitors that the event would remain on the same weekend and would still be in the Dayton area.
WHIO-TV reports that Hara will close after its final scheduled event on the weekend of August 27.