by Lezley Brown
The Stew Contest is almost here!! The Chamber had a successful meeting Tuesday night with our soon to be stew cooks who were able to pick up their goody bags and grocery reimbursement checks. If you are already signed up to cook stew but missed the meeting, please come by the Chamber to pick up your awesome goody bag.
The 47th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, October 22nd. Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m. Quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m., and the “Drive-Thru Stew” line will open at 12:30 p.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $5.00 each. T-shirts will also be available for $10 each.
More exciting Chamber news:
The winners of the Inaugural Photography Contest were announced this week. First place winners were: Sara Voss, Children’s category; Amy Voss, People category; Craig McBrayer, Natural World category, and Kelly Patterson, Hopkins County Experience category. Kim Beck was named the winner of the Enhanced Image category as well as Overall Winner. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all who submitted photographs into the competition. The entries were fantastic!
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 www.outhousetickets.com and cost $17.50 each. The concert will be held that evening in the SSISD Auditorium.
The HC Fall Festival hosted their Business After Hours on Thursday, October 6th from 5-6:30 p.m.
The Hopkins County Fall Festival held their Business After Hours Mixer and Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Thursday, October 6th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in Sulphur Springs. There were finger foods, desserts, beer, wine and great door prizes. This officially launched the 2016 Fall Festival. For all Fall Festival information, please visit www.hopkinscountyfallfestival.com.
P-31 Fitness hosted a free class and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, October 8th at 8 a.m.
P-31 Fitness hosted their ribbon cutting celebration followed by a free class to all who wanted to participate. Krista Morrill, current owner of P-31 Fitness, invited Rachel Curtis, the founder of P-31 Fitness, to lead the class! This was a great opportunity for anyone who was curious to try P-31 to come give it a whirl. The ribbon cutting began at 8 a.m., and the hour long class immediately followed. P-31 meets at The ROC gym in Sulphur Springs, 116 Oak Avenue. For more information, visit www.p31fitness.com.
Summit Dental will host their Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Thursday, October 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Summit Dental will hold a ribbon cutting and Open House celebration to welcome their new dentist, Elizabeth Jaynes, on Thursday, October 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. They are located at 422 Oak Avenue in Sulphur Springs. Please make plans to come by and network with our Chamber family at Summit Dental.
CBJ will host a Business After Hours on Thursday, October 13th at 5:30 p.m.
CBJ Embroidery & Screen Printing is hosting a Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the opening of their new location at 321 Gilmer Street in Sulphur Springs. They are inviting everyone to come by to see their newly remodeled building and to enjoy food and drinks. Please place this event on your calendar!
Brian Toliver Ford will host a Ground Breaking Ceremony on Friday, October 14th at noon
Brian Toliver Ford will host a Ground Breaking Ceremony for their new dealership on Friday, October 14th at noon. Come and enjoy snacks and refreshments and catch a peek at the plans for the new dealership.
Pumpkins-on-the-Square has been cancelled but…
Pumpkins on the Square that was scheduled for Saturday, October 15th has been cancelled. However, the judging for the fall decorating contest will still be held on Friday, October 14th.
The Fall Festival Parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at 10 a.m.
The Fall Festival Parade will be held Saturday, October 15th beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will take its usual route leaving from Buford Park, continuing on Connally street, then heading down Gilmer Street. You must register to ride in the parade. For more information, see www.hopkinscountyfallfestival.com.
Reilly Springs Jamboree 60th Anniversary Show on Saturday, October 15th at 6 p.m.
Wow! 60 years! The Reilly Springs Jamboree is having their 60th Anniversary Show on Saturday, October 15th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and there will also be cake walks and door prizes. Many performers will be there including Roger Reed & Sunshine Band, Shelby Glen & Texas Thunder. For more information, call Enola Gay at (903) 438-3568 or Roger Reed at (903) 348-7114. The Reilly Springs Community Center is located at 109 CR 1439 in Sulphur Springs.
Cross Country Cowboy Church to host 7th Annual Fall Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, October 29th at 7 p.m.
Cross Country Cowboy Church is hosting their 7th Annual Fall Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, October 29th at 7 p.m. at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Tickets are $5, and the first 500 ticket holders receive a free meal of hamburger or hot dog, fries, and a drink. Kids four and under may enter for free. There is fun for the whole family including free kid scrambles, wild cow milkin’s, and a team bucket race. There is a $600 entry fee to be a contestant in the rodeo. Proceeds benefit local residents fighting cancer through the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation. Contact Rowdy France for more information, (903) 243-2524.
Divorce Care held weekly at First United Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m.
Divorce Care is a weekly seminar and support group that will help you heal from the hurt of divorce or separation. It’s a warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you are going through. You will learn practical information that will help you deal with the challenges of being divorced. Best of all, you will gain hope, healing, and help for your future. Divorce Care Meets every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 beginning on October 5th at the First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs in the Open Door Sunday School Classroom. This is found in the basement of the main building. There is childcare if needed. They will meet for 14 weeks with one week of a special session entitled “Surviving the Holidays”. This is scheduled for November 16th. Contact information is Tom Young at [email protected], (903) 413-1673 or Debbie Young at [email protected]; (903) 243-1235.
The Senior Citizens Center is honoring local Veterans during the month of November
Karon Weatherman from the Senior Citizens Center is planning to honor local veterans during the month of November. If you are a veteran and would like to have your photo on the wall at the Senior Citizens Center, please bring in or mail a photo of yourself in your military uniform. These photos will be returned in excellent condition. You may submit 5×7 photos, but nothing larger. The address to mail the photos is: Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Blvd, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 75482. Photos need to be submitted by Friday, October 21st. The Senior Citizens Center is eager to say thank you to veterans for their service.
New members to the Chamber:
Welcome to our two new members of the Chamber of Commerce! We are happy to welcome The Alcove at 101 Gilmer Street in Sulphur Springs, and H&R Block at 1402 Mockingbird Lane in Sulphur Springs.