General admission tickets for adults are $10 on the days of the event. Children 17 and under get in FREE!
Thursday, June 7th, is for SETUP only! Friday, June 8th, and Saturday, June 9th, are convention days. The convention runs all day Friday 8 AM - 5 PM & Saturday 8 AM - 5PM.
There is an 800 spot covered parking garage along with two open field lots for parking adjacent to the convention center. All parking is $5. You can read more about the convention parking here.
Ham-Com provides tickets with stubs that attendees must place in a barrel. At specified times, the prize booth staff (volunteers who usually members of an area club) draw a ticket stub and display the number of the ticket that was drawn in the main exhibit hall. For hourly drawings, these numbers are displayed all day. However, prizes that are not picked up at the end of the first day of the event are rolled over to the next day. Any prizes that are not claimed by the end of the second day are placed in the "shotgun" drawing (see below).
The need to be present to win is two-fold. First, Ham-Com is not (for a variety of reasons), a qualified organization under the Texas Charitable Raffles law, Chapter 2002. It is the opinion of the Ham-Com, Inc. Board of Directors that this requires the award of "door prizes" rather than "raffle prizes." Therefore, you must purchase a ticket and be present to win a "door prize." Ham-Com has no interest is becoming involved in an expensive injunctive action with the courts over the award of prizes at our event. If you're at all interested in reading the law, you can find it in the Texas Annotated Statutes. There are online sources or you could probably find a copy in your public library.
Second, Ham-Com is a very expensive event to produce. The commercial vendors that attend our event provide a large percentage of the capital required to produce it. The "door prize" giveaways and the timing of same ensure that enough people attend the event to make their investment worthwhile. To put it another way, the exhibitors and vendors are paying a great deal of money toward your enjoyment of the event. While ticket sales do help, Ham-Com would not be able to produce the event in its present form based on the sale of admission tickets alone. Special note: Members of the Ham-Com Board of Directors and the operations staff are ineligible to win "door prizes" from the event.
The prize booth staff runs a "shotgun" drawing at the end of the last day. Everyone present at the drawing provides their entry badge and the staff draws names for each prize until everything has been awarded. For the past several years, Ham-Com has published the photos of "door prize" winners on the Web site via the "Photos" link.
Information about Ham-Com "door prizes" is clearly posted on the Web site via the "Terms" link. Just in case you missed it we'll state it again, "You must be present to win!"
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