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July 20 Chamber Connection – Stew Cooks Can Now Sign Up For 53rd Annual Stew Contest

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Coming Up: Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Clinic, Business Before Hours Breakfast, Jet Ski Championships, Ribbon Cuttings

By Butch Burney, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, [email protected]

Marking the stew grounds on the northwest entry to Buford Park stands a huge stew pot designating it as the official site for the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest

Stew cooks, it’s time to get your spots. Registration for the 53rd Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival, set for Oct. 22, is already open.

To register, go online to the Chamber’s website, HopkinsChamber.org/stewcooks, email [email protected] or call 903-885-6515. The cost to enter is $100 per stew pot, with $150 coming from the sponsor to pay for ingredients.

This year, stew cooks can also pre-order a T-shirt with “Stew Cook” on the back for $15. Register now to reserve your spot from last year.

We also are taking applications for our vendor market at the stew. Cost is $75 for Chamber members, $100 for nonmembers. Go to our website at HopkinsChamber.org or call Amanda at 903-885-6515 to register.

Stewcomers Meeting

For those who are interested in cooking up a pot of stew for the Stew Festival, the Chamber will have a Stewcomers meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

Participating in the meeting does not obligate you to cook in the Stew Fest, but it will give you information on the process, including recipes, timelines and what to expect. Email [email protected] for more information on the meeting.

Leadership Apps Available

Leadership Sulphur Springs is back for another year, and registration has begun.

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Leadership Sulphur Springs is a community leadership development program sponsored by the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. The course was created in 1989 with the concept of offering leadership training and community involvement for emerging business and community leaders. It is a nine-month session, with meetings held once a month.

Applicants should have lived or worked in Hopkins County for at least a year, have demonstrated a concern for the community, possess high standards of personal quality and integrity, be willing to commit the time required for the program, and have the endorsement of their employer to take the necessary time away from work.

To apply, go to the Chamber’s website at HopkinsChamber.org, email [email protected]g or call 903-885-6515.

The cost is $500, usually paid by the applicant’s employer.

Breakfast Hours

Come get some breakfast treats during the Chamber’s next Business Before Hours, hosted by Nunez Roofing, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Chamber office.

Whether you’re a member of the Chamber or not, come on for one of the best networking events.

Jet Ski Championships

Four days of championship jet ski racing is coming to Sulphur Springs on Aug. 4-7 for the Jettribe Mid-America WaterX Championship. Racers from all over the USA, and even as far away as Australia and England, will battle it out to see who takes home the championship trophy.

Spectators can watch the race action for free from the shores of Lake Coleman. Just bring some shade and chairs. There will be food, ice cream, power sports merchants, and family games. Check out www.jettribe.com/sulphursprings for more information!

Free vendor space is available. Food registrations are full, but merchant and game vendors are welcome to apply. All registration requests must be made online: www.jettribe.com/vendors.

Crowds of 400-plus racers, their families, and local spectators are expected throughout the long weekend. Vendors can attend any day(s); you do not need to be present all four days. Pre-registration is required for a FREE 10 x 10 vendor booth space. There is a limit to one vendor per sales category, and space is limited to first-come, first-served basis.

Wild Horse Adoption

A Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Clinic is set for July 22-23 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. There will be 120 wild animals there for adoption, with fees starting at $125.

Visit the Wild Horse and Burro Program on Facebook to view the available animals.

Times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday (adoption begins at noon) and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program and Sale

One Church Works

A big thank you to One Church, who spent Saturday morning in the heat to help with the Kids Kingdom project. The church’s membership rented a lift to paint the entrance tower red, installed the handicap swing, tire swing and children’s swings, outfitted the chain ladders with new hose and built two tire ladders.

That helps us get even closer to fully renovating the children’s playground. Thanks again!

Ribbon Cuttings

  • We will have a ribbon cutting for Supreme Lending and Lacy Shirley at noon Friday, July 22, at the Chamber office. Please welcome Lacy to the business community.
  • LegenDairy Heifer, an ice cream and refreshment truck, will have a ribbon cutting with its unique vehicle at the Chamber office at noon Friday, July 29. The public is invited to the event.
  • Maltech Fleet Services, an outfitter for first responder vehicles, hosted a ribbon cutting at 1412 College St. at noon Wednesday, July 16. Please welcome them to the community.
Maltech Fleet Services
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Author: Faith Huffman

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