Ham Radio provides some great opportunities for social interaction, technical advancement, and personal growth. All of these can occur over the airwaves but it's always great fun to attend a convention, hamfest, or local club meeting.
I've been fortunate to attend many of these, sometimes as a general attendee and others as an exhibitor or even a speaker. I can't think of a single time that I have gone to a ham radio event and not had a good time.
I'm in the process of a major shack overhaul and while I was cleaning up the top shelf of my workbench, I came across a number of name badges from various events. Usually I save them as a souvenir, and I have quite a pile now. Here is a picture of a few of them.