Hoptober Fest tickets on sale

By: Staff Report

ROCKINGHAM — Tickets are on sale for Rockingham’s fourth annual Hoptoberfest which features craft beer samples, live music, and a chicken wing competition.

Seth Allen, membership and communications director for the Richmond County of Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has added tickets from last year’s event which had more than 700 attendees, expecting 850 this year. The event’s attendance has grown each year after starting with 300 in 2015, and then selling out the next two years.

The event has also expanded its craft beer vendors from three the first year to 10 last year.

Following the passing of the Pop the Cap bill in 2005 which raised North Carolina’s cap on alcohol by volume from 6 percent to 15 percent, the state has seen an explosion of more than 230 breweries.

The wing competition invites around 12 local teams to test their sauce skills. This year’s live band will be Men of Distinction, according to Allen.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chamber at 910-895-9058 or online at www.richmondcountychamber.com.

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Staff Report