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Chamber Connection For Sept. 5, 2019

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By Lezley Brown, President/CEO of Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

We have a Stew deadline looking us in the eyeballs! Sept. 13 is the last day for cooks to enter and keep your stew site from 2018. All unreserved sites will be open to new cooks on Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 a.m. Forms have been mailed out, but if you need them, all forms are on our website at, and we have them at the Chamber. So, all of you cooks who have gone into retirement, I have a spot for you! I’d love for you to cook one more time in this 50th anniversary! The 50th anniversary of the Stew Contest will be here before we know it!

We are also looking for judges for the Stew Contest. If you are interested in judging, please give us a call here at the Chamber, (903) 885-6515. This would be a great year to judge!

The Chamber is excited to announce our vendor call for the Stew Fest Market! The Chamber is currently accepting vendors for the Stew Fest Market, which will be located on the south side of Buford Park during Friday night and Saturday Stew Contest activities. This is a great opportunity to sell goods or to promote your business to 7,000 people who attend the Stew Contest annually. Vendors may rent booth space to sell goods or distribute information about their business. Booths will be assigned on a first-paid basis. Access to electricity is not guaranteed. Generators are permitted. Desserts may be sold, but no other food or drinks may be distributed. Vendors who are interested in purchasing booth space, call the Chamber of Commerce at (903) 885-6515.

I have some more very exciting news! The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2019 Hopkins County Christmas ornament. This ornament is the second of our series and features our beautiful Buford Park, the 50th Anniversary Stew Contest, and beautiful oak trees under a starry sky. It is dated with the year, made with 24 karat gold, shatterproof, and VERY limited in number. They are quite beautiful and the perfect addition to a rare collection. They are $40 each and literally flying out the door. If you would like to purchase one, please call the Chamber at (903) 885-6515, or come by soon.

Echo Publishing Is Offering A Stew Banner Promotion

Attention all Stew Contest cooks, Stew Fest Market participants, and all those who just like to eat stew: Echo Print and Design is offering 20 percent off plus free design on all vinyl banners now thru October 18th. Call Echo at 903-885-0861 or stop by 401 Church St., Suite A, in Sulphur Springs.

Main Street Theater Presents Greater Tuna

The Main Street Theater Community Players Presents Greater Tuna on two upcoming weekends. The first weekend is Sept. 6-7 at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on the 8th. The second weekend of performances will be Sept. 13-14 at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on the 15th at 2 p.m. Online reservations can be made at or by calling (903) 885-0107. Main Street Theater is located at 225 Main St. in Sulphur Springs.

Accents And Accessories Has Scheduled Their Ribbon Cutting

Accents and Accessories, located at 8857 Nornth FM 17 in Yantis, has scheduled their ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, Sept. 6, at noon. Please make plans to welcome this new business to the area.

Big Smith’s is celebrating the BIG 30!

Big Smith’s BBQ and Catfish is hosting a Business After Hours to celebrate 30 years of operation in Hopkins County! This anniversary celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Grab your friends and co-workers and head out to this big celebration!

Hope Family Fellowship schedules Hero Day Lunch

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Hope Family Fellowship in Sulphur Springs is hosting a Hero Day lunch for all police officers, fire personnel and first responders. They will serve from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Hope Family Fellowship is located at 434 East Jefferson St. in Sulphur Springs.

Magic Scoop Is Growing

Magic Scoop is excited to host a ribbon cutting celebration for their new drive-through location on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. The drive-through is located 1401 South Broadway St. Come join us to check out the second location for Magic Scoop!

Celebration Antiques Is Hosting A Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Celebration Antiques, located at 800 Jefferson St. in Sulphur Springs, is hosting a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, Sept. 13, at noon. Please make plans to attend!

Hopkins County Republican Party Hosts Old Time Political Rally

The Hopkins County Republican Party is hosting an Old Time Political Rally on Saturday, September 14th at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center in Sulphur Springs at 6 p.m. Make plans to enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, homemade ice cream and speakers galore! Tickets are $5 per person, or $10 for a family of five. Tickets need to be purchased in advanced. For more information visit

Ribbon Cutting for Happily Ever After And 4-J’s Body Shop

Happily Ever After and 4-J’s Body Shop are hosting a double ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, September 19th at noon. They are located 4411 Highway 19 North in Sulphur Springs. Please make plans to join us!

Chaffer’s Place Presents Their Monthly Concert

Chaffer’s Place, located at 410 Main St. in Sulphur Springs, is hosting a live concert called Paying Tribute to Chaka Khan. The concert will be held on Sept. 19, and doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This includes dinner and a show! For more information call 470-848-2246 or visit Chaffer’s Place also offers live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild Hosting Their Annual Quilt Show

The Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild is hosting their annual quilt show on Friday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be held at The ROC which is located at 115 Putnam St. in Sulphur Springs. Quilt show admission is $5.00, and children under 12 are free. In addition, raffle tickets are available at $1 per ticket or six for $5 for the 2019 Raffle Quilt called “Tessalla.” For more information, visit

Brick Street Vintage Market Is Scheduled For Saturday, Sept. 21, From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Downtown Business Alliance is sponsoring a Brick Street Vintage Market on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be located downtown on Connally and Gilmer streets. Many local and out of town vendors and businesses will be here participating as wineries, galleries, antiques, fashion boutiques, homemade ice cream, kitchen items, restaurants, and even more. You don’t want to miss this!

Senator Bob Hall To Host Town Hall

Senator Bob Hall will be hosting an 86th Legislative Session Town Hall on Saturday, September 21st at 2 p.m. The Town Hall meeting will be located at the Hopkins County Courthouse.

Workforce Solutions Will Host Its Annual LEAP Conference From 9 a.m. To Noon Oct. 4

Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas is hosting its annual LEAP (Learning Endorsements and Professions) Youth Expo on Friday, Oct. 4. 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. Over the past two years, they’ve had difficulty getting a veterinarian, doctor, dentist, orthodontist, pilot, author, artist, musician, architect, and sports/personal trainer. 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.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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