Chamber Connection – September 22, 2021: Jay Hodge Chevrolet is Hosting Their First Business Before Hours Networking Event

By Butch Burney

Jay Hodge Chevrolet is hosting the first Business Before Hours networking event from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Join us for coffee, juice and donuts as you connect with other businessmen and women. 

Jay Hodge Chevrolet is located on Wildcat Way.

This is the first networking event of the fall, and will be followed by a Business After Hours in October.

Strong Town Seminar

Neal Barker, owner of Town and Country Cleaners has invited Charles Marohn, professional engineer and founder of the Strong Towns movement, to discuss with interested individuals how to improve the trajectory of our town and help us to become more resilient. He focuses on bottom-up strategies for making investments that will actually build wealth, all while improving quality of life for residents of our community.

The discussion is set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at The Venue at 219. Registration is free at the website: 

Marohn  is the founder and president of Strong Towns. He is a professional engineer and a land use planner with decades of experience. He is the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity (Wiley, 2019). He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. Planetizen named him one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.

Get Your Stew On

It’s not too late for stew cooks to get their registration forms in for the 52nd Annual World Championship Hopkins County Stew Contest, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, at Buford Park.

Come by the chamber office or send us an email and we will get the registration form to you. We are expecting a big turnout for this year’s event, so be sure and get your spot.

We will have the north and south sides of the park open for cooking, along with a vendor market. We are expecting a fully open stew.

Speaking of stew, tickets will be available next week at all local banks and at the Chamber office. The cost remains the same as in the past, $6 for all-you-can-eat stew and $10 for take-home quarts.

In addition, we have Stew+75482 tumblers at the office for $20 and T-shirts will be available soon.

Heart of Hope Fundraiser

Northeast Texas Heart of Hope has a Fall Fundraiser set for 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Hopkins County Civic Center. It will feature speaker and recording artist Caitlin Jane. Register for free at

Ribeye Roundup

The Ribeye Roundup, kids zone and evening concert are coming to Celebration Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 2. You can purchase tickets at Texas Heritage National Bank.

You can also buy t-shirts to promote the event for $12 at the Chamber office, 110 Main St. Come by and pick up your shirt today.

Main Street Uncorked

Main Street Uncorked Wine and Music Festival is set for 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in downtown. There will be Texas wineries, local vendors and great music. Music will be by Matthew Fiock, Lincoln Goodman and Twisted Whisky.

Tickets are available at

Help A Child Benefit

The annual Help-A-Child Benefit keeps getting bigger and better. The 14th annual event is set for Saturday, Oct. 16, and will feature a chili cook-off, auction, livestock show, brisket cookoff, Dutch oven cobbler and corn hole competition.

All money raised will go toward Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, foster families and Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center.

The livestock show starts at 9 a.m., followed by the ag mechanics show at 11 a.m. and chili, brisket and Dutch oven cobbler is served at 11:30 (for $10). The auction begins at 12:30 p.m. and corn hole competition at 1:30 p.m.

Call Wade Bartley at 903-348-1878 for more information.

Arts and Crafts Show

The 2021 Hopkins County Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show will take place in the Sulphur Springs High School cafeteria and north entry way on Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23.  This event is open to anyone with hand-made, hand-crafted items to sell.  Unique items, including handmade soaps and lotions, greeting cards, Christmas and seasonal decorations, jewelry, wood carvings, and much more will be available for purchase. Contact Johanna Hicks at 903-885-3443 for more information.

Ribbon Cutting

Burke’s Outlet hosted a ribbon cutting at Thursday morning as the new store opened on Mockingbird Lane.

Burkes Outlet

Author: Taylor Davis

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