Friday From The Chamber July 28, 2023

Total Eclipse Sulphur Springs… Are You Ready?!

When April 8, 2024 rolls around, get ready!

Almost weekly, we are messaged, called or visited by people who will be coming to Hopkins County for the total solar eclipse on that date. They are coming from around the country and literally around the world. Our latest message was from Karen Ridgway in the United Kingdom, who said she was coming to Sulphur Springs for the eclipse. “Can’t wait!” she wrote.

The Sulphur Springs school district has been hit up by an RV group that wants to bring 100-150 RVs to town for the eclipse and were looking for a place to park. Hotels and lodgings are being booked daily.

People, this is big.

If you and your business aren’t already thinking about what to do when literally tens of thousands of visitors will be here for that weekend leading up to the Monday eclipse, now is the time to start!

The Chamber is making plans for a weekend market downtown and is looking for sponsors to help us bring a concert to town for the Sunday evening before the eclipse. But, there are plenty of options and opportunities available for all businesses. 

If you have an idea or an event, please contact us at the Chamber and we will help promote it on the website

It’s not only time to start planning, it’s time to start getting things ready for our visitors.

To that end, the Chamber is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, Aug. 16, to explain how to get your property ready for a possible rental. AirBnB entrepreneur Callie Bradshaw will be on hand to help explain the process of putting rental property on the website. 

The Lunch and Learn will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at a venue to be determined by the number of the participants. Cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non members.

Call us at 903-885-6515 or email us at [email protected] to sign up.

Adult Leadership Applications Due TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST!

Leadership Sulphur Springs is back on this year, with applications online!

The leadership class is for Hopkins County men and women who want to learn and become more invested in their local community. It’s an intensive nine-month program that immerses the participants in the business and government of Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.

The tentative dates for this year’s program are attached to the application, which can be accessed at

The registration fee is $500 and that covers the cost of the food, drinks, transportation, etc. for the year.

Upcoming Ribbon Cutting…

Date: Friday, August 4th

Time: 12:00PM

Location: Goodwill, 1320 Shannon Road West, Sulphur Springs

Join us as we celebrate the Grand Reopening of Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas! Their team is ready to welcome the community through the doors of their recently updated location. See you there!

Sponsor Shout-Out!

The 54th Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival, presented by Alliance Bank, has been able to keep its costs down because of our generous businesses in the community, and the cost just got even cheaper for some families.

Signature Solar and the Chamber announced last week that children 12 and under will eat free at the festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, due to Signature Solar’s generous sponsorship.

Children will still need tickets, which can be obtained either online or via paper tickets. Online tickets, which are $8 each for everyone 13 years and older, will be available July 1 at Paper tickets will be available Aug. 1 at the Chamber and local banks.

City National Bank will be sponsoring the Friday night festivities, Oct. 27, and we will be announcing that line-up soon.

Thanks to all of our sponsors who make the stew festival affordable for families in Hopkins County. Follow the Chamber’s Instagram and Facebook accounts for spotlights on our sponsors and updates on the stew festival.

Stew Cook Registration is NOW OPEN!

Register here:

Mark these important dates on your calendar because before you know it, the festivities will be upon us:

August 8 – “Stewcomers” meeting (for anyone interested in learning more about cooking in the competition – no registration required)

September 29 – Stew cook registration deadline

October 6 – Goody bag deadline for sponsors

October 17 – Goody bag pickup and New Cooks meeting

October 27 – Friday Night Appetizer Contest

October 28 – Game Day! The Stew Contest

Now Accepting Stew Market Vendors!

We are now accepting applications for this year’s Stew Market!

Booths are $100 each or $75 for Chamber members.

A few things to keep in mind: we do not allow food vendors or food trucks (other than baked goods and these spaces are fully booked).

Spaces are 10×15, outdoor and located on the south side of Buford Park with no access to power.

This year we have chosen to no longer accept marketing / promotional booths other than our “Market Sponsor.”

For more information or to apply visit:

Please email [email protected] or call 903-885-6515 with any questions.

Author: Ethan Klein

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