Hopfest moving to Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — High Point native Ryan Saunders says last year he started Hopfest, a beer and music festival, to bring visitors to downtown High Point.

But now, he’s moving the festival to Greensboro. He says High Point city officials were too hard to work with and were moving too slowly. He says the city of Greensboro, on the other hand, is providing him with all the resources he needs for his event to succeed.

Saunders says he’s sad to see Hopfest leave High Point, but most of all he’s concerned that the attitude of city officials will drive away future business too.

“We have the infrastructure and the ability to be a great city,” he said. “And it just seems to me that the attitude and the overall culture that’s been created over the years just suffocates progress.”

High Point officials say they provide all necessary services to host a successful event in High Point. They say they wish Hopfest could have remained in High Point and that had Saunders expressed any concerns to them, they would’ve been addressed.

Hopfest will take place Aug. 23 on Greene Street in downtown Greensboro. It will feature beer from local breweries, as well as arts, crafts and live music.

6 comments

  • Bo Diddley

    As long as you don’t mind 400 thugs descending upon you and a few gunshot victims…then Greensboro is perfect!

  • Chucky

    High Point has a knack for getting rid of or preventing events from happening. They just don’t seem interested in doing anything other than the Furniture Market. There was once talk of having organized street auto races… what happened to that? I wanted that to happen. :(

  • HJ

    This is not a good reflection on the leaders of HP. Their city is depressing to drive through. It’s pathetic.

  • BoredInHighPoint

    Whatever High Point official gave that quote needs a reality check. I don’t know what happened during Ryan’s conversations about HopFest but High Point City is NOTORIOUS for not being accommodating to the building and real estate community. That being said, why would they be accommodating to events-other-than-Furniture-Market? THEY ARE SINGLE-HANDEDLY KILLING THIS CITY! And I guess the folks lining their pockets are being kept at bay as a result of it. Shame on you, CHP employees (city council and admin alike) for sacrificing our future at the sake of the old farts who don’t care about the generations to come because they won’t be around to have to deal with it. Detroit of the South, here we come!

  • Angela

    I’m thinking each of you should do some research before you “speak”. While I agree there is too much red tape in organizing events in HP, there actually are some great events that have been taking place; http://hpcyclingclassic.com/ as well as others.And I don’t see any “quotes” around any part of the article so I wouldn’t rely on this piece of so called journalism.

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