Monday, November 28, 2016

Hara Arena: Selling Off the Pieces

Seats, signs, photos, sports memorabilia, tables, chairs and even chandeliers from the now-closed Hara
Hara Arena was home to the Dayton Hamvention for decades
before its closing earlier this year. Here, CQ Publisher Dick Ross,
K2MGA, and Contributing Editor Gordon West, WB6NOA,
stand in front of the CQ booth in the main arena.
Arena were auctioned off in late November by the owners of the former home of the Dayton Hamvention®. According to the Dayton Daily News, an online auction "showcasing the eclectic assortment of Hara items and memorabilia was held between November 24 and 27 for fans of the concerts, sporting events and ham radio conventions that filled the facility for six decades.

Hara Arena closed in August after a 20-year family feud that began with the 1996 passing of co-founder Harold Wampler resulted in legal battles that consumed resources needed for renovations and reorganization, according to the news report. Marketing Director Karen Wampler said the auction came in response to hundreds of requests for keepsakes from the arena and reception hall.

The 2017 Dayton Hamvention® will be held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in nearby Xenia, Ohio. CQ Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, has put together a video farewell to Hara which is posted on YouTube at <>.