No offense meant. The Hamvention in Dayton is THE worldwide hamfest. My statement was only to akin it to it being perceived as a mandatory pilgrimage that all radio amateurs must make at one time in their life to avoid being cast into the fiery abyss. Remember, this is the Amateur Activities section, not the debate section.
*edit* - That combined with the fact that I am older than white dog poo meant that I had better hurry up and go.