ALPCA Chesapeake Region

The regional chapter of the Automobile License Plate Collectors' Association in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. 

Upcoming Chesapeake Region Events

Spring 2017 Chesapeake Region plate meet

4th Annual ALPCA Chesapeake Region Spring Meet
Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Chesterfield County Fairgrounds exhibit hall
10300 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, Va.  23832

This event is not open to the general public. 

2005 Virginia vanity plate "PL8 MEET"

We are getting in the groove having an annual spring meet in southern Virginia! 

Chesterfield is located just south of Richmond, not far off of Interstate 95.  Same great location as in past years. 

See detailed information about this upcoming meet, including printer-friendly, detailed written directions and links to online maps. 

Summer 2017 Chesapeake Region plate meet

8th Annual ALPCA Chesapeake Region Summer Meet
Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

St. Michael's Catholic Church of Poplar Springs
1125 St. Michael's Road
Mount Airy, Md.  21771

This event is not open to the general public. 

1911 Maryland passenger car plate

Our summer meets at this location have been big hits, so of course we're going to do it again this year! 

Mount Airy is located between Baltimore and Frederick, along Interstate 70.  Same great location as in past years. 

Details about the meet are still being worked out at this time.  Check back here later for the most up-to-date information. 

See detailed information about this upcoming meet, including printer-friendly, detailed written directions and links to online maps. 

Future Chesapeake Region meets

We haven't yet made any specific arrangements for plate meets beyond August 2017, but we're working on it.  We do plan to continue to hold a meet in southern Virginia each spring and a meet in Maryland each August.  We would also very much like to hold additional meets in other locations within our territory, such as in Delaware, or along the I-81 corridor in western Virginia.  To do this, we need to find suitable venues and people willing to help plan and host meets in these locations. 

If you know of an inexpensive meet hall (maximum $500 to rent for 8 hours) that has at least 40 8-foot tables (or can accommodate 300 people seated banquet-style), level access, and adequate parking, located anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, or Washington, D.C., we'd very much like to hear the details.  Tell us about it! 

Be sure to check back here periodically for the lastest information on upcoming Chesapeake Region plate meets!

Upcoming ALPCA conventions

1935 Pennsylvania bus

ALPCA conventions are held annually every June or July in various locations around the United States.  The ALPCA convention is the mother of all plate meets, with many hundreds of collectors in attendance, and probably millions of plates being displayed, traded, and sold.  Below are the locations and dates for the next few years.  Check the ALPCA web site for more details. 

  • 2017 – Ontario, California; June 28 - July 1
  • 2018 – Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; July 11-14
  • 2019 – Knoxville, Tennessee; June 26-29
  • 2020 – somewhere in the Midwest; dates TBD

Other plate collecting events

For many years now, there's been a "Spring Thaw" plate meet in Annandale, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., in early March.  (This meet, though hosted by two ALPCA members, is an independent plate meet not affiliated with ALPCA or the ALPCA Chesapeake Region.)  As far as we know, the Annandale meet is going to continue to happen each year. 

Check the following links for info on the Annandale meet, as well as other plate meets and plate-related events througout North America. 

1968-69 Florida passenger
ALPCA Regional License Plate Meets
ALPCA-sanctioned meets, as well as some plate meets not affiliated with ALPCA, are both listed. 
Hershey Region AACA Fall Meet
An absolutely massive antique car show, with lots of plate vendors, held annually over several days each October in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  ALPCA has a booth at this show each year, as do many individual ALPCA members. 

Past Chesapeake Region Events

See photos and read more about our previous plate meets. 

  • Summer 2016 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 13, 2016
  • Spring 2016 meet – Chesterfield, Va.; April 23, 2016
  • Summer 2015 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 15, 2015
    (See meet report and photos in our March 2016 newsletter.) 
  • Spring 2015 meet – Chesterfield, Va.; June 6, 2015
    (See meet report and photos in our July 2015 newsletter.) 
  • Summer 2014 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 9, 2014
    (See meet report and photos in our April 2015 newsletter.) 
  • Summer 2013 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 10, 2013
    (See meet report and photos in our June 2014 newsletter.) 
  • Summer 2012 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 11, 2012
  • Summer 2011 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 13, 2011
  • Spring 2011 meet – Chesterfield, Va.; April 2, 2011
  • Summer 2010 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 14, 2010