The date is April 8, 2024, and it’s happening in Sulphur Springs. We are talking about the next total solar eclipse that is visible in the United States.
Sulphur Springs is on the centerline for that eclipse, and we are expecting that Hopkins County will double its population for that weekend with people traveling literally from around the world to view the spectacular natural event. Sulphur Springs has one of the longest viewing times in the nation, has historically clear weather on that date and is close to international airports, so we are set up to be one of the feature destinations. It’s time to get involved.
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting committee meetings for the eclipse this week. There will be a Safety and Logistics (infrastructure) meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, followed by an Events/Entertainment/Lodging committee meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and an Administration/Planning meeting at 10 a.m. Friday. All meetings will be in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 110 Main St.
This is an opportunity for Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County to shine, and it’s important that as many people as possible be involved.
If you are interested in any of these meetings, please show up at the appropriate time. We are especially keen on events that might be planned for the thousands of visitors we are expecting during this weekend. We are planning a four-day festival (Friday, April 5-Monday, April 8, 2024) that will draw visitors to our town and county.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at [email protected] or 903-885-6515.
One of the favorite Saturdays of the year is the Kiwanis Club’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, set for Feb. 18, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Tickets are $8 and children under 6 are free. It’s all you can eat pancakes, sausage and bacon. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis Club member.
DIY Wedding Expo
The East Texas DIY Wedding Expo, hosted by Frosted Whimsy, is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. March 18 at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Vendors spots are available, starting at $150. Email [email protected] for more information.
Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Opening
Werry Pools will host a ribbon cutting at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Chamber office. Please welcome them to the business community.