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

Summer 2021 Chesapeake Region plate meet

11th Annual ALPCA Chesapeake Region Summer Meet
Saturday, August 28, 2021 – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

American Legion Post 200 pavilion and lawn
4600 Legion Lane
Hampstead, Md.  21074

1961 Maryland farm area plate

2000 Maryland American Legion plate

New location this year!  In order to be as COVID-safe as possible, the Chesapeake Region has elected to hold this year's meets at outdoor venues.  The meet will be held in and around the covered open-air pavilion behind the American Legion hall, rain or shine.  This meet will be somewhat similar to the Trexlertown, Pa. meet held each year in early June.  The pavilion has roughly 20 or so 8-foot tables available, but once those are claimed, members wanting to sell plates will have to fend for themselves.  We encourage people to bring their own tables, canopy tents, etc. if possible.  There is a lawn area available for setting these up. 

Hampstead is in rural Carroll County, about 20 miles north-northwest of the Baltimore Beltway / I-695, and about 10 miles south of the Pennsylvania state line. 

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

This event is not open to the general public. 

Future Chesapeake Region meets

We haven't yet made any specific arrangements for plate meets beyond 2021, but we're working on it.  We do plan to continue to hold a meet in central or 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

1975 Maryland vanity

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. 

  • 2021 – Covington, Kentucky (just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio); dates changed to August 4-7!
  • 2022 – Hampton, Virginia; July 20-23  (In our own territory!)
  • 2023 – Denver Colorado; June 28 - July 1
  • 2024 – Lansing, Michigan; June 26-29
  • 2025 – Tulsa, Oklahoma; July 9-12

Other plate collecting events

2005 Virginia vanity
ALPCA Regional License Plate Meets
ALPCA-sanctioned meets, as well as some plate meets not affiliated with ALPCA, are both listed. 
Hershey Region AACA Eastern Fall Meet
An absolutely massive antique car show, with a vast outdoor antique car parts flea market, held annually over several days each October in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Many ALPCA members and other license plate collectors have vendor booths and sell plates at this show each year, as do many of the vendors primarily selling car parts. 

Past Chesapeake Region Events

See photos and read more about our previous plate meets. 

  • Spring 2021 meet – Mechanicsville, Va.; May 22, 2021
  • Summer 2019 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 10, 2019
  • Spring 2019 meet – Chesterfield, Va.; May 11, 2019
  • Summer 2018 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 11, 2018
  • Spring 2018 meet – Chesterfield, Va.; April 28, 2018
  • Summer 2017 meet – Mount Airy, Md.; August 12, 2017
  • Spring 2017 meet – Chesterfield, Va.; April 29, 2017
  • 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