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Chamber Connection – June 4th, 2015  by Meredith Caddell


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

Entry forms are available for the 14th Annual Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 300 Connally Street.  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  Special Prizes will be awarded to entries received prior to June 8th!


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!


Thank you to everyone who attended the Ribbon Cutting for Travel Time RV

Travel Time RV Ribbon Cutting

Travel Time RV Ribbon Cutting

Travel Time RV, located on the westbound service road of I-30, just west of Hwy 19, (Past Atmos) is a fabulous asset to Hopkins County.  Owners Roy & Norma Lee (Butch) McGahee treated their guests to tons of food, drinks and prizes.  They also were proud to announce that they have Jeremiah…the wonderful tech that can fix your RV.  Instead of taking your RV to Texarkana or the metroplex, it can be fixed right here in Sulphur Springs.  They also have all of the accessories, fun toys and parts that you might need for your RV.  If you don’t have an RV…don’t worry…you can rent one from Travel Time RV!!!


The Bookworm Box Ribbon Cutting

The Bookworm Box

The Bookworm Box

Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting for The Bookworm Box Wednesday at Noon. What an AMAZING bookstore!  New York Times Best Selling author and Sulphur Springs native Colleen Hoover has opened this beautiful, unique bookstore at 204 Main Street.   The Bookworm Box will be having their Grand Opening at 10:00am this Saturday, June 6th & you don’t want to miss it!  There are 2 portions to this amazing store…1st of all, they have the online company…The Bookworm Box.  People purchase a box that is mailed to them with 2 signed copies of books.  The excitement is…you never know what’s in your box, but it is filled with 2 books that are signed by the author as well as bookmarks, pens, etc.  ALL of the proceeds are given to 501 C-3 Charities.  They have been doing it for just a couple of months and have already give THOUSANDS of dollars to charities!  Their mission is to help people discover great books and give back to the community The Bookworm Box was built on the foundation of spreading the good, so 100% of the profit after overhead costs will be donated to a different charity each month. Then, the joy for those of us that live in Sulphur Springs is that we can go to the store and purchase these books off the shelf, sit it their beautiful store and enjoy a cup of coffee!  I had so much fun yesterday…I purchased a signed Colleen Hoover book, a signed Mary Higgins Clark book and for my husband, a signed Harlan Coban book!!!   I hope you can all make it to the grand opening this Saturday, June 6th!  They will be open from 10am-9pm and will have cake, cookies & drinks!


East Texas Broadcasting presents Red Stone Music Festival on the Square June 6th!

Don’t miss the Red Stone Music Festival, Saturday, June 6th downtown Sulphur Springs!  Featuring JB & the Moonshine Band, Curtis Grimes, Rich O’Toole and Sam Riggs.  Music begins at 4:00pm.  Tickets are available at the STAR 95-9 studios for $12 or at the gate the day of the performances for $17.  They are also available online at


Carter Blood Care will be set up at First Baptist Church from 11-4, Saturday June 6th  for a blood drive!


Mark your calendars for the Ribbon Cutting for Blingin Crazy, June 9th at Noon!

Blingin’ 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 would like to invite you to her ribbon cutting and grand opening of Blingin Crazy, June 9th at Noon, located at 101 Bill Bradford Rd, Ste. 17.


Ribbon Cutting for ATA Martial Arts, Thursday, June 11th at Noon


Ribbon Cutting for Hopkins County Dairy Festival, Friday, June 12th at Noon on the Square

Help us kick off the Dairy Festival with a ribbon cutting on the square.  This is a great opportunity to meet the queen contestants, balloon pilots and Dairy Festival Coordinators!  Please join us!


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. T-shirts will be guaranteed to participants registered by June 5th. Sizes cannot be guaranteed. 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. 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 Celebration Plaza

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office presents the Hopkins county Tomato Festival, Saturday June 27th on Celebration Plaza.  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.


That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!

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