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Chamber Connection June 28, 2018

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Just so you know, it’s just never ever too early to talk about the Hopkins County Stew Contest!  The date of this year’s Stew Contest will be Saturday, October 27th.  Go ahead and start planning your teams, because we are going to have a great contest this year!!!  Additional information will be sent out to teams and sponsors in early August, but I wanted you to “Save the Date”!  I can taste that stew already!

Ceremony for Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

There will be a ceremony for the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark that was received for the Ashcroft house, located at 333 College Street in Sulphur Springs on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 a.m..   The ceremony will be on the front lawn and refreshments served on the porch after the ceremony.  This is a great accomplishment and is only the second RTHL awarded in our county.  John Sellers will be giving additional history on the house and its plot of land.

 27th Anniversary of the Independence Day Celebration on Celebration Plaza

Mark your calendars for a stunning and memorable night of a free concert and fireworks presented by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League on Saturday, June 30th, on Celebration Plaza in Sulphur Springs.  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. with fireworks to immediately follow. It is an event that should not be missed.  Bring your families, your lawn chairs, or your picnic blankets and enjoy the sights and sounds of Independence Day in Hopkins County.

 Historical Society hosting Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Hopkins County Historical Society is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the new events building at Heritage Park on Monday, July 2nd at 3 p.m. Heritage Park is located at 416 North Jackson Street in Sulphur Springs.  Once completed, the new building will boast restrooms, event space, and ample kitchen and storage space.  Please make plans to join us at Heritage Park for this exciting day!

 AgriLife hosts Community Health Talks

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a round-table discussion series on issues affecting health in our community. Session 1 is called Animal and Human Health and will be held on July 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Extension Office located at 1200 W. Houston in Sulphur Springs. Dr. Leah Larsen, DVM, will speak on rabies and diseases affecting pets and humans.  Danielle Altenbaumer, Dept. of State Health Services, will speak on clearing up the human vaccination confusion. Register by calling 903-885-3443 by June 29th.  Session 2 is called Food and Food Safety.  It will be held on July 13th at 6:30 the Hopkins County Extension Office located at 1200 W. Houston in Sulphur Springs. Brad Fain, of Zoetis Animal Health, will speak on food security including temperature danger zone, safe food handling.

Splish Splash Water Bash

The Hopkins County Fall Festival is throwing a Splish Splash Water Bash on Saturday, July 21st from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Celebration Plaza in Sulphur Springs.  Kids seven and under are free, and children eight years of age and older are $5.  Kids under five must be accompanied by an adult.  Ice cold soda and water will be on sale.  Make plans to go and have a great time!

Reilly Springs Jamboree

Monty Tipps and Main Street will serve up traditional country music in a 2-hour show on Saturday, July 21st at 6 p.m. Admission to the monthly (3rd Saturday night) Jamboree is $10 person. A special concert will be held on Saturday, August 18th at 6 p.m. featuring the world-famous Blackwood Quartet. Tickets will be $15 general admission or $25 for the Meet-and-Greet with reserved seating for the Blackwood Quartet’s “Gospel Side of Elvis” Concert, a part of their 85th Year Anniversary Tour. For tickets and information, contact Enola Gay Mathews at (903) 438-3568.

Sulphur Springs Public Library presents their Summer Reading Program for June and July

The Sulphur Springs Library is hosting a summer reading program called Fun with Mary Poppins Reading Program 2018.  Story time will be each Tuesday at 10 a.m. in June and July (except for July 10 and 17). Watch for special guest appearances along with fun, stories and great prizes.  Minecraft is back every Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. beginning June 1 and ending July 27.  Thursday, June 21st at 6 p.m. is a special Mary Poppins Story time event, and Friday, June 22nd at 3 p.m., don’t miss the Bubble Show with Brett Roberts.  Then, Thursday, June 28th, at 11 a.m. the library will welcome Will Parker with a very musical story time.  The library is happy to answer any questions, please call (903) 885-4926, or you can visit

Ribbon Cuttings:

AFLAC hosted ribbon cutting celebration

Leann Oliver and Sheila Askins with AFLAC hosted a ribbon cutting celebration at the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 20th at noon.  The Chamber is located at 300 Connally Street in Sulphur Springs.  Leann and Sheila explained many of the benefits of AFLAC with Chamber members.  If you have questions, give us a call and we’ll put you in touch.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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