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 2022 Chesapeake Region plate meet

8th Annual ALPCA Chesapeake Region Spring Meet
Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hanover-Cold Harbor Ruritan Park pavilion and lawn
8145 Walnut Grove Road
Mechanicsville, Va.  23111

1971 Virginia passenger
undated Virginia municipal government
1996 Virginia quarterly truck

Same location as May 2021!  Not knowing what the COVID situation might be so far in advance, we decided to again play it safe, and hold our 2022 meets outdoors in open-air pavilions.  This venue worked well for us in 2021, so we're going back.  This meet will be held rain or shine, but the pavilion is huge and everyone who wants a table under the pavilion should be able to get one.  However, everything about this meet is subject to change as the pandemic situation evolves. 

Mechanicsville is located just northeast of Richmond, not far off of Interstate 295. 

In accordance with our bylaws, we hold elections during the first meet of even-numbered years for the region president and four directors.  Since we did not have a meet in 2020, per the bylaws (Article IV, Section 3), the incumbents remained in office until such time that elections could be held in May 2021.  However, we will again hold elections at this meet in order to get back on schedule. 

We're still working out the details for this meet.  Check back here later for more specific information. 

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 May 2022, 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. 

  • 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

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. 

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. 

  • Summer 2021 meet – Hampstead, Md.; August 28, 2021
    (See meet report and photos in our October 2021 newsletter.) 
  • Spring 2021 meet – Mechanicsville, Va.; May 22, 2021
    (See meet report and photos in our July 2021 newsletter.) 
  • 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