Pictured is the crowd at the 2017 Festival of the Bells on July 9. (HCP file photo)
Pictured is the crowd at the 2017 Festival of the Bells on July 9. (HCP file photo)
The Hillsboro Street and Safety Committee and Community Enhancement Committee will meet jointly at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Paint Creek firehouse at 204 North East Street to discuss the city safety and service director (Mel McKenzie’s) recently announced denial of an event permit uptown for the 2018 Festival of the Bells. 

The Oct. 17 meeting is open to the public. (Justin Harsha, Chair, Street & Safety, and Claudia Klein, Chair, Community Enhancement.)

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Thousands of people attended the 2017 Festival of the Bells in uptown Hillsboro in July.

The Brett Young concert on Saturday, July 9 attracted close to 20,000 people alone, according to some estimates, as his hit single “In Case You Didn’t Know,” was topping the country music charts at that time.

Christian music artist Danny Gokey also brought a sizable crowd with his high-energy concert at the Festival of the Bells on July 7.

Prior to Gokey’s performance, crowds enjoyed a Christian rock concert by local band HANDS (Here and Now Don’t Stop), including members Dawson Barreras, Jason Burns, Nick Davis, Spencer Jones and James Scott.

William Michael Morgan also performed on July 8.

The Festival of the Bells has welcomed numerous stars over the years, including Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley and many others.

It was announced by McKenzie at the Oct. 10 Hillsboro City Council meeting that the city plans to end the festival in the uptown area. A member of the Festival of the Bells Committee said the committee had not been contacted prior to the announcement.

McKenzie also said an “overwhelming” number of uptown businesses oppose the festival at its current location. However, McKenzie has not provided the names of the business owners who have been contacted. Many in the uptown area have not.