Chamber Connection September 3, 2015 by Meredith Caddell

Chamber Connection September 3, 2015 by Meredith Caddell


Mark your calendars for the 46th Annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest-Oct. 24th

Stew Cooks:  Stew Packets went out this week, so please call us at the Chamber if you did not receive yours.  The deadline to claim last year’s site is September 18th.  All sites will be up for grabs, Monday, September 21st, so make sure to get your forms in ASAP!

Sponsors:  Sponsor letters also were sent this week.  There are tons of options to get your business’ name in front of the 7,000 people that attend the stew contest.  If for some reason you haven’t received yours, please give us a call!

T-Shirt Designers:  The Stew T-shirt Contest is BACK!  If you would like to design a t-shirt for the stew contest, please have the design to the Chamber office by Friday, September 18th.  We will begin voting for the winners some time the week of the 21st and will vote for 2 weeks!  The winner of the stew t-shirt contest will win $100 and will also have the opportunity to be a stew judge (if desired).  Please have your design in a format that is ready to print on a t-shirt.  

Non-Profit Groups: The Stew Committee for the Chamber of Commerce has decided to offer a great opportunity for an organization looking to raise money.  This year, we would like for a group or organization to take over the selling of drinks at the Stew Contest on October 24th.  If your group would be interested, please call the Chamber by September 8th to let us know.  The only way we could figure out a way to be fair, is to have a Blind Draw.  All organizations will go into a drawing and the one that is drawn will be the one who sells drinks at the Stew Contest.  There will be several requirements that must be met:  1) Must man 3 drink stations 2) Must have adequate volunteers to work Friday and Saturday 3) Must have t-shirts or some other “identifier” so visitors will recognize your group as the “drink sellers”.  Group t-shirts will be fine.  Once a group has sold drinks at the stew contest, they will not be eligible to sell them again the next year. If you have questions, please call the Chamber at 903-885-6515.  Please note…NO others items may be sold on the stew grounds.


Storytime @ the Sulphur Springs Public Library begins the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month.

The Very Ready Reading Program for preschoolers and their parent/caregiver uses books, music and activities to encourage the lifelong benefits of early literacy for your child.  Call 903-885-4926 for questions.


Marlene’s Sass & Class Boutique is having a ribbon cutting Wednesday, September 16, at Noon

We are happy to welcome Marlene’s Sass & Class Boutique to the Chamber of Commerce.  We hope to see all of you at their ribbon cutting at 101 Bill Bradford Road Suite #24, Windsor Plaza across from Shoe Inn, at noon, September 16th.  The store hours are from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday.  Come check out their sales.  Many ½ price items and a free crystal bracelet with the purchase of $25.00.  Marlene will be carrying juniors, ladies and plus size clothing.  Plus children’s Miss Me jeans and specialized clothes for 0-size 6. Exclusive boutique for Simply Noelle clothing, scarves and accessories! Popular Dear John jeans all styles.   Trendy shoes and boots.  Plus Mason jar label T shirts, z supply, and Southern Grace!   


TABC Certification Class, Monday, September 14th at the Country Club!

On September 14, 2015, Sulphur Springs Country Club is hosting a Texas Best Comic’s TABC Certification Class in our Ballroom.  The class is open to any restaurant, bar, or business in town that would like to send their employees to get their TABC Certification.  The cost is only $20/person.  It will be held from 1:00pm until 3:00pm. For more information, please call 903.885.4748.


2015 Lights of Life Style Show, presented by Lou Nell’s & Ashley Larea, Thursday, Sept.  17th

Get your tickets now for the amazing Lights of Life Style Show that will be held Thursday, September 17th at First United Methodist Church at 6:30pm.  It will be an amazing evening filled with a delicious dinner and the latest greatest in fashion from Lou Nell’s!  With a special treat, Aslely Larea jewelry will also be accenting the beautiful clothing during the show!  For more information, please call the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation at 903-438-4799.  You may purchase tickets for just $25 at Lou Nell’s & The Chamber office!


VF Outlet Women’s Fashion Night Out, Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 7-9 PM

Don’t’ miss this!  Fashion show featuring the new fall arrival starts a 7 PM.  There will be a photo booth to have your picture taken with pink props and other photo ops to help support breast cancer with a smile.    There will be a fall product preview of the new collections.  Fashion Stylists will be available to give you style tips in the stores.    Help the VF Outlet support breast cancer awareness by making a donation throughout the night to be donated to Lee Denim Day.  All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.  Register to win FREE outfits for a year.  Winner receives 1 outfit per month for 1 year.  You also get 20% off your entire purchase one night only from 7PM-9PM with a coupon that can be printed off from the Chamber of Commerce website (click on Hot Deals)


Walk Like MADD Car & Bike Show, September 26th   at Buford Park

If you have a car or bike that you would like to show off, then plan to register it for the Walk Like MADD Car & Bike Show, Saturday, September 26th.  All Classes are welcome and the registration fee is only $25.  The event is free to the public.  They will open the gates for participants at 1:00 with judging taking place between 3:00 & 5:00.  The winner will be announce at 5:30, with Glow presentation winner being announced at 8:00 pm.  All proceeds benefit Hopkin County Walk Like MADD.  For more information please contact Eddie Moon at [email protected] or call 903-534-6000.


Lights of Life Half Marathon-October 3rd benefitting the HC Health Care Foundation

Register before September 11th to guarantee a T-shirt for the Lights of Life Half Marathon! Registration is $75 for an individual entry, $80 for Partner Relay (2 person) or $100 for a Team Relay (4 person). You may register at Fieldhouse Sports or at  For more information please call 903-438-4799.  Packet pickup will be Friday, October 2nd from 6-9pm at Celebration Plaza.  


Adult Leadership Class Project…Beautiful Picnic Tables in the new pavilion!

The Leadership class of 2014-15 has the opportunity to assist in enhancing this area using a location that has been unused for years.  The City of Sulphur Springs and the Adult Leadership Class of 2014-15 has partnered in the demolition of the old city pool and begun the construction of a large pavilion, available for public use, complete with brick fireplace/smoker and 24 picnic tables. We anticipate a great place for family reunions, class reunions, birthday parties or general meeting space!

The tables are a $1,000 donation for each picnic table personalized with your business, family name or loved one’s name with a maximum of 30 letters.  Donations can be paid to the order of Sulphur Springs Leadership Class 2014-15 or Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. They will limit to the first 24 paid donations.


We would like to welcome our newest member:


Marlene’s Sass & Class Boutique

101 Bill Bradford Rd., Suite 24

Marlene DeYong, Owner


Ladies & Children’s Clothing & Accessories

That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!

meredith caddell

Meredith Caddell
Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce
300 Connally Street
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

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