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Chamber Connection June 12th, 2015 by Meredith Caddell


Looking for something to do Saturday, June 13th?  Sulphur Springs is the place to be!

Keep your eyes up to the sky Saturday morning as the beautiful hot air balloons lift off around 6:00am (weather permitting) from Shannon Oaks Church.  Then make your way to the parade that begins at 10:00am.  Next, you won’t want to miss the Dairy Festival Queen Contestants & their families milking cows…at 3:00pm. Then of course, if you don’t want to make ice cream, but LOVE to eat it?  The Ice Cream Freeze Off begins at 4:00 on the Civic Center grounds.  Get there early to get your bowl and spoon, for just $3, then line up and get ready to eat some delicious homemade ice cream! There are many other events taking place for the dairy festival.

For a complete list of Dairy Festival Events, please go to


Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off-Saturday, June 13th!  Get your forms in Now!!!

It’s not too late to enter the 14th Annual Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off!  Stop by the Chamber of Commerce office at 300 Connally Street to fill out a form.  The event will take place on Saturday, June 13th at 4:00pm at the Civic Center!  Prizes are awarded in three categories: Little Dips (Ages 6-12), Big Dips (Ages 13 and Older) and Super Scoops (Previous first place winners).  Entries will be judged in the following categories: Plain (Chocolate or Vanilla), Fruit (Single Ingredient Fruit) and Novelty (Mixed Ingredients).   This year, in the BIG DIP group only, we will have a new opportunity…we will have a Novelty Fruit (Multiple ingredients including fruit) AND Novelty Other (Multiple Ingredients no fruit.  ) So start figuring out your favorite recipe and submit it for entry in the contest.  And, by the way…there is NO ENTRY FEE!!!  For more information, please call 903-885-6515.  You may also download the entry from at


Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting for Blingin’ Crazy!  

Blingin Crazy Ribbon CuttingBlingin’ Crazy is your source for all things BLING! They specialize in creating cute CUSTOM boutique style vinyl bling clothing, and accessories to make you stand out in a crowd! So no matter who you cheer for, Sulphur Springs Wildcats, Como-Pickton Eagles, Yantis Owls, ANY SCHOOL , ANY SPORT, they’ve got you covered…. in Bling! MORE THAN JUST TEES! They know not everyone wants another tee shirt, come in and see their selection of shirts from sporty to dressy! Blingin’ Crazy can turn your idea into reality! Getting married? Stop by and see everything they have…from tees, champagne/wine glasses, koozies, caps and more, they have something for you! Embroidery coming soon! Angie Churchman, owner, would like to invite you to visit her store, located at 101 Bill Bradford Rd, Ste. 17.


Dairy Festival 5K Milk Run, Friday, June 12th at 7:00pm at Shannon Oaks Church

Up, up and away….It is time for the 56th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival’s Balloon Rally and 5k Milk Run! This year’s chip timed race will be held on Friday evening, June 12 at 7:00pm. Imagine running down a country road, on a beautiful summer evening in Hopkins County, beneath a sky filled with colorful balloons! This unique family event features a new out and back course that begins and ends at the balloon glow and launch area! Stick around after the race and enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of brilliantly colored balloons and entertainment from the main stage. Runners 18 years and older will have their bib numbers entered in a drawing for a ride in a hot air balloon on Saturday, June 13th. All winners will be announced on the main stage Friday night after the run.  Festival Mission: To raise community awareness and to salute the hard working dairy farmers and their families who have contributed so richly to our economy and to the quality of life in Sulphur Springs. Proceeds from the Milk Run directly support the youth scholarship programs of  the 56th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival. You may register at  The Chip timed 5k run/walk, June 12th @7:00pm at Shannon Oaks Church. Price: $25.00 per individual ($35.00 after June 5)  $20.00 per person in a group entry (Minimum 5) Packet Pick Up: At the race site starting at 5:30pm. Awards:  Awards will go to the overall male and female winners and to the age group winners. Ages 10yrs and under, 11-14yrs, 15-19yrs, 20-29yrs, 30-39yrs, 40-49yrs, 50+. A special award will go to the team with the most participants!


Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening for Sears, Friday, June 19th at Noon!


Hopkins County Historical Society presents Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show & Sales, June 19-20th

Sign up now to participate in the Arts, crafts & collectibles show and sales, Friday, June 19th & Saturday, June 20th from 9am-5pm at Heritage Park.  Any kind of craft is acceptable:  quilts, fabric items, crochet, jams & jellies, stained glass framed photos, bath salts, handmade jewelry, wood crafts, health & wellness products. An outside 10×10 booth is $35 and an inside 10×10 booth is $50 with a very limited number.  For more information, please call Joyce Bateman at 903-945-3308 or email her at [email protected]


The 2015 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Recipe Contest, Saturday, June 20th

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Hopkins County presents the 2015 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Recipe Contest, Saturday, June 20th!   Entry dishes will be accepted 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Entry Categories: Main Dish, Side Dish, Dessert/Cheesecake, Appetizer/snack

Age Divisions: Beginning Cooks – under age 11, Youthful Cooks – ages 12-18, Experienced Cooks – ages 19-59, Seasoned Cooks – ages 60 & over, Past/Present Board members—

judged separately.  Written entries due to County Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs by June 15. Forms available on Hopkins County Dairy Festival website or You may also pick up an entry form at the Extension Office. Call 903-885-3443


Jan James Memorial Scholarship Tournament, Saturday, June 27th at SS Country Club

The Sulphur Springs Ladies Golf Association sponsors this annual tournament in Jan James’ name because she was such an advocate of ladies golf.  Proceeds of this event will be designated for a senior on the Sulphur Springs High School girls’ golf team.  Sponsor contributions are greatly appreciated!  Sponsor sign or banner is only $50.  For more information, please call Donna Gregory at 903-440-4798.


2015 Hopkins County Tomato Festival, Saturday June 27th on the Plaza at City Hall

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office presents the Hopkins county Tomato Festival, Saturday June 27th on the Plaza at City Hall.  All Entries are FREE!  They will have a tomato growing contest…classes: Cherry, Pear, Large Red & Goliath (biggest tomato by weight).  They will also have a Tomato Recipe Contest…classes: Main dish, side dish & salsa.  They will have 3 divisions…Children (ages 12 & under), Youth (ages 13-18) and Adult (ages 19 & up)  Entries are due by 5:30pm and judging begins at 6:00pm.


Free Concert & Fireworks, Saturday, June 27th Downtown Sulphur Springs

The Independence Day celebration begins Saturday, June 27th at 8:00 p.m. at Celebration Plaza with the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Douglas Bakenhus followed by the Independence Day  spectacular fireworks display that will begin at dark.  Bring your lawn chairs.  Concessions will be available.  Contact 903-885-5614, the Department of Tourism for more information.


That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!

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