Chamber Connection, September 25, 2014 by Meredith Caddell

Cooler weather means that the Stew Contest is right around the corner! Saturday, October 25th!!!
Stew Cooks have been pouring in over the past few weeks and we are definitely on target for having the most stew cooks EVER! In 2012, we had 144 stew cooks. To date, with a month to go, we have 145 stew cooking teams. So, mark your calendars NOW to spend your Saturday, October 25th in Sulphur Springs for Stew Fest 2014…it is going to be a GREAT event! For just $5, you can get a bowl and make your way around Buford Park and sample as many of the yummy stews you can eat!
We still have a few sponsorships remaining…the purchase of the winning stew! Why is this sponsorship important? You not only get to have your banner hung on League Street for almost 2 full weeks, but your business name will be on the Stew Arches AND, when we announce the winners of the stew, a representative from your company may come up on stage as we announce the sponsors, to claim your stew! Then, you get to take home the winning quart of stew! If you are interested in these sponsorship opportunities, please call the Chamber at 903-885-6515.
Lastly, we always give the stew cooks goody bags! If you would like to put an item in each of the goody bags, please have 300 of the items to the Chamber no later than Friday, October 10th!

2014 Lights of Life Style Show, Thursday, September 25th @6:30 at First United Methodist Church
Please mark your calendars for a fabulous dinner and wonderful Style Show, benefitting the Lights of Life Campaign. The event will take place Thursday, September 25th at 6:30pm at First United Methodist Church. Dinner will be served and fashions will be presented by Lou Nells. This event is only $20, so don’t miss out!

Walk like MADD Glow Walk, Saturday, September 27th at Buford Park
Make plans now to walk in the “Walk Like MADD Glow Walk”, Saturday, September 27th at Buford Park. Kids Activities will begin at 6:00, Walk registration begins at 7:00 and the walk begins at 8:00pm. It is going to be a beautiful evening with the luminaries lit around Peevine Pinion Lake! All proceeds go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which is the largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. The monies raised go to offer support programs to help victims cope with their tragedy and loss of a loved one at no charge. MADD provides legal support to victims as they go through the judicial process, plus much, much more! So please make plans to participate in the walk!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please note the following dates
Tubby Adkisson Memorial Mobile Mammography Coach will be in our area on the following dates:
October 14 Senior Expo – Sulphur Springs
October 22 Texas A&M University – Commerce
October 23 Spring Village Shopping Center – Sulphur Springs
All insurances accepted at Hunt Regional are also accepted for the Mobile Mammography Coach, including Medicare and Medicaid. They can also help with payment resources for uninsured/income-eligible women or those who choose to pay cash. For help with payment resources please call Jessie Bell, Texas Agrilife 903-590-2988. To schedule individual screening mammograms, please call 903-408-5010. Appointments and pre-registration are requested

8th Annual Senior Citizens Expo, Tuesday, October 14th at the Church of the Nazarene
Don’t miss the 8th Annual Senior Citizens Expo, October 14th from 9-Noon at the Church of the Nazarene, 1300 S. League Street. They will offer Free health screenings and info for the following: cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose checks, height/weight, body composition checks, blood oxygen levels, pre need counseling, home health equipment, insurance questions, financial questions answered, door prizes AND Flu Shots will be available.

Divorce Care is being offered at First United Methodist Church, every Sunday at 4:00
Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Divorce Care meets each Sunday at 4:00pm in the Good News Classroom at First United Methodist Church and is open to anyone in our community. We encourage you to share this with those who are struggling with divorce in our community. For more information contact Tom or Debbie Young at 903-413-1673 or 903-243-1235

Fall Festival Activities!!!
Fall Festival Business After Hours Mixer – Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:30-6:30 pm, at the Civic Center. They will go over the upcoming events, concerts, introduce the Cover Girl contestants, and draw for door prizes.

The Fall Festival Battle of the Bands will be held at Muddy Jakes Backyard on Saturday, October 11th, at 6 pm. The top two winners will be the opening act for the Friday and Saturday night concerts during the Fall Festival.

The 19th Annual Fall Festival Golf Tournament will be Monday, October 13th, at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Tee off is at 1 pm. Registration forms can be picked up at the Civic Center, Chamber and SS Country Club.

Hopkins County Fall Festival will be held October 18th – 26th. The Fall Festival will kick off Saturday, October 18th with the parade. The Cover Girl competitions will be Tuesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 23rd. The carnival will begin Wednesday, October 22nd. Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th will be two days full of exhibits, events, games and concerts.

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Load the Wagon & Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail Ride, Saturday, November 8th
Saddle up your horses and help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fight cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The event will take place on Saturday, November 8th at Two J Ranch, 993 CR 2331 in Como. Gates will open at 7:00am, Saddle Up at 9:30 and Ride out at 10:00am. A free lunch will be provided, but remember…it is a fundraiser to help St. Jude’s Hospital, so donations will gladly be accepted. There will be horses and mule wagon rides available. There is a $10 minimum donation for you to ride your own horse. If you would like more information, please call Jean & Jim Murray at 903-488-3030 Sandy Billodeau @ 903-488-3311 or Jr. Gregg at 903-488-3685. Others assisting in this great event are Cathi & Jim Wright 903-488-3350, Don Meeks 903-488-3456, Mike Mund, T.W. Little, Daniel Walker, Carole Hatch and Jo Marie Neal, so any of them will be able to give you more information. If you have never participated in this event, it is spectacular and you should! Not only is it raising money for an amazing hospital, but to see the hundreds of people, loaded up in their wagons, heading out for the cause…it is absolutely incredible, so please try to attend!!1

That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!

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