Chamber Connection: Stew Contest is October 22

Chamber Connection-September 8th

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time, of course.  That’s been our motto around here lately!  Planning a World Famous Stew Cook-off has many layers to it, but it certainly is fun!  The time to enter your world famous stew is HERE!

Stew Cook-off updates:

The Chamber has already mailed out Stew Cook letters and Sponsor letters.  If you have not received your letter, please call the Chamber at (903) 885-6515.  If you would like to cook or sponsor a stew pot for the first time, please don’t hesitate.  Give us a call and we will get you signed up!

Deadline to enter and KEEP YOUR STEW SITE from last year is Friday, September 16th.  On Monday, September 19th, you may come by the Chamber and choose a new site based on availability.  The 47th Annual Stew Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, and that will be here before you know it!!

Meal-A-Day in Sulphur Springs is needing volunteers

Karon Weatherman, Program and Marketing Director for the Senior Citizen’s Center, is needing some volunteers for the Meal-A Day Program. She is currently needing Cook Helpers on Mondays and Thursdays. The cooks come in at 7:00 a.m. to start cooking. They will have the food ready to pack up by 9:30 a.m. for the drivers to pick up for delivery.  Karon reported that the cook volunteers do NOT need to come up with recipes or be in charge of getting things done.  She has HEAD cooks to do that part.  She is looking for helpers that can stir, cut, chop, and pack. If you are interested in helping, please call Karon at (903) 885-1661.

reeds-pic-1Reed’s Auto Detail hosted their Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Wednesday, September 7th at noon

The Chamber welcomed a brand new business to Hopkins County this week.  Reed’s Auto Detail hosted their ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, September 7th at noon.  Reed’s is located at 200 Fuller Street, Suite A, in Sulphur Springs.  Dylan Reed has been working toward this dream of his for many years; and family, friends, and Chamber members came out to support him.  They are open for business, and appointments can be made by calling (903) 439-7664.

Fall Festival is selling tickets for the October 22nd Hometown Sounds Concert featuring Hannah Kirby

Tickets went on sale Thursday, September 1st for the Hannah Kirby and Mansion Family Hometown Sounds Concert on October 22nd.  Tickets are on sale online at and cost $17.50 each.  The concert will be held in the Civic Center Auditorium.

Careerify will host a ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, September 14th at noon

One of Hopkins County’s newest businesses will host its ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, September 14th at noon at the Chamber of Commerce.  We are excited to welcome Careerify and learn about all the things they offer.  Careerify is a company that helps individuals discover their career paths and locate internships.  Please plans to meet to be there!

First United Methodist Church will host Divorce Care every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Divorce Care continues every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September 13th in the administration building at First United Methodist Church.  All who are dealing with separation or divorce are invited to attend.

Lone Star Quilt Guild currently selling raffle tickets for the 17th Annual Quilt Show

The Lone Star Quilt Guild is currently selling raffle tickets for the 2016 Raffle Quilt called Autumn Stars. Autumn Stars was designed by Joy Gregory, made by guild members, and quilted by Debra Hager.  Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.  The 17th Annual Quilt Show will be held September 16th and 17th at The ROC, First Baptist Church Outreach Center at 115 Putman Street in Sulphur Springs.  We have tickets available here at the Chamber of Commerce, or you may purchase tickets from Quilt Guild members.

The Lights of Life Style Show is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m.

The HC Health Care Foundation is hosting its annual Lights of Life Style Show on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.  Entry fee is a $25 donation and there will be door prizes and a raffle.  Dinner and Fashions will be provided by Lou Nells.  For ticket information contact the Foundation office at (903)438-4799 or Lou Nell’s at (903)885-0664.

The Fall Festival Carnival will be in town September 14th through the 17th

There has been a change this year regarding the Fall Festival Carnival.  The carnival will be in town for SSHS’s Homecoming weekend!  The carnival will be located in the Sulphur Springs High School parking lot and will begin on Wednesday, September 14th and go through Saturday evening, September 17th.  Tickets are for sale at all Super Handy stores and Sulphur Springs Dodge.

Ribbon Cutting for Access Physicians on Tuesday, September 20th at 5 p.m.

Access Physicians Multispecialty Clinic of Sulphur Springs will be hosting their ribbon cutting celebration on Tuesday, September 20th at 5 p.m.  They are located at 107 Medical Circle.  Access Physicians Multispecialty Clinic serves the traditional brick-and-mortar clinic with telemedicine, connecting rural patients and staff to urban specialties.  They provide Pulmonology, Endocrinology, Neurology, and Psychiatry services.

Yesterday Once More will host a ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, September 22nd at noon

Yesterday Once More is a new retail store located downtown at 211 ½ Main Street in Sulphur Springs.  They specialize in vintage home décor and accessories.  Please join us as we welcome Yesterday Once More to Hopkins County!

Workforce Solutions will host its annual LEAP Conference on September 23rd from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas is hosting its annual LEAP (Learning Endorsements and Professions) Youth Expo on Friday, September 23rd.  This event is very much like a job fair except that it is geared to educate eighth graders and help guide them as they make their endorsement selections heading into high school.  Workforce Solutions is seeking a wide variety of companies and businesses to attend the LEAP Youth Expo to describe your business and expose eighth graders to all career avenues after graduation.  Since students now choose their high school endorsements while in eighth grade, the Expo is perfect for them.  Please consider attending this Expo and taking visuals and information to give away.  They will be so thankful to have you there!  Please call Bart Spivy at (903)794-9490 ext. 513 with any questions.

Lights of Life 3rd Annual Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 7:30 a.m. to noon

The Lights of Life 3rd Annual Half Marathon benefitting the HC Health Care Foundation is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Celebration Plaza.  Registration fees are $75 for individuals (13.1 miles), $80 2 Person Partner Relay ($40 per participant, 6.5 miles each), and $100 for a 4 Person Team Relay ($25 per participant, 3.28 miles each).  You may register online at or by dropping off an entry form at Fieldhouse Sports or the Health Care Foundation.  Checks should be made out to the HC Foundation.

Welcome to the Chamber:

We are so excited to welcome P-31 Fitness owned by Krista Morrill to the Chamber.  We are thankful you joined the Chamber family!

 Celebration Plaza’s Yoga on the Square will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Heritage Park is hosting “A Yard Sale with Friends at the Park” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Celebration Market will be held on Celebration Plaza from 6-10 p.m. and Hannah Kirby and Kirby Brown will provide your entertainment starting at 6 p.m.


Author: Staff Reporter

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