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.