Chamber Connection


It’s almost here!  We have been working diligently at the Chamber of Commerce preparing for the 48th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest.  Mark your calendar! Tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce and at the local banks. We’ll see you in Buford Park on Saturday, October 28th.  Stew service begins at 10:45 a.m., and $5 will buy all-you-can-eat while it lasts. Just so you know, we are usually out of stew by 12:15 p.m., so come early and be ready!  It’s going to be a wonderful day!      

Hopkins County Fall Festival will host a Business After Hours Mixer on Thursday, October 12
Hopkins County Fall Festival will host a Business After Hours Mixer on Thursday, October 12 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at City Hall in Sulphur Springs.  This will be the official start to the 2017 Fall Festival!

Danna’s Buffalo Girls’ Gazette Flea Market Style/Swap on October 12-14, at 8:00 a.m.
Danna’s Buffalo Girls’ Gazette will be having a flea market style/swap event October 12, 13 & 14 beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Take Hwy 11 East from Sulphur Springs and the event is at 20670 Hwy. 11 E. in Winnsboro. Vendors are wanted as well as shoppers who are ready to shop, swap, eat and dance.  There will be a Buffalo Girls Ball Saturday night with live music and dancing in the dirt.  Expect to experience eclectic finds, shabby chic, rustic, western/urban, Victorian traditional, backyard or barn sale items, tools, guns, vintage antiques and homemade items.  Visit or call 903-439-7091 for more information.

The 14th Semiannual History by Foot is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th
The 14th Semiannual History by Foot is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th, starting at Houston School grounds on College Street at 10 a.m.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  The tour is starting at the grounds of the old Houston School on College St. between Lundy and Patton, and just east of the former B.F. Ashcroft white two-story brick.  The tour will walk west of College St., featuring the homes and businesses. You will also walk to the square and return on the other side of College to get back to the start. There will be a couple of surprises along the way! Make reservation by emailing John Sellers at [email protected] or call CNB at 903-885-7523.  Reservations are filling up fast!  

HC Sheriff’s Posse hosting a Drug Take Back Day
The Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse will be hosting a Drug Take Back Event on the Brookshire's parking lot in Sulphur Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.  This take back opportunity provides people a safe way to dispose of out-of-date prescription and over-the-counter medicines including pet medications. This keeps the medicine out of the environment. The meds will be disposed of properly under the direction of the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office. Needles and inhalers are not permitted.

The Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2017 Stew Cook Reception on Tuesday, October 17th at 6 p.m.
All cooks signed up for the 48th Annual Stew Cook-off will need to attend the Cooks Come-and-Go Reception on Tuesday, October 17th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Southwest Dairy Museum.  Cooks will receive their grocery reimbursement check from the Chamber, their goodie bags, and a list of rules and regulations for the Stew Cook-off.  If this is your first time to enter the contest, you will need to attend the short orientation at 6 p.m. T-shirts will be available for purchase that night, and you will also have the opportunity to order a long-sleeved t-shirt or hoodie.  Please make plans to be there!!!  

CHRISTUS Health Care Foundation hosts Grand Opening of "In My Closet" Wednesday, October 18th at Noon
The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation is excited to announce the official grand opening of “In My Closet” benefitting cancer patients. “In My Closet” is now offering a helping hand for men and women undergoing cancer treatments.  The closet is filled with an assortment of wigs, scarves, hats, specialty lotions/creams, books, puzzles, etc.  The desire is to help patients feel better.  They recognize the difficulties of finding certain items in our community, so they are hoping to help patients who cannot drive to Dallas or those who might not have the funds to purchase items online.  This is a free service and is for anyone struggling through cancer.  A picture ID & doctor appointment card are the only requirements.  Please join us at our new Foundation Office located on the first floor of the hospital (just past the gift shop), Wednesday, October 18th at noon for the grand opening & ribbon cutting.  For more information contact the Health Care Foundation office at 903-438-4799.

Workforce Solutions will host its annual LEAP Conference on October 20th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas is hosting its annual LEAP (Learning Endorsements and Professions) Youth Expo on Friday, October 20th.  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.

Reilly Springs Jamboree is gearing up for a huge night of entertainment
Reilly Springs Jamboree is gearing up for a huge night of entertainment featuring Don Woods, Hannah Kirby, Shelby Glenn, Shanna Carter, Sydnee Hawkins, Bill Owens, and Janet Reed.  Make plans to head to the Reilly Springs Jamboree on Saturday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m.  The Reilly Springs Community Center is located at 109 CR 1439 in Sulphur Springs.  Cost is $10 per person.  For more information contact Enola Gay at 903-438-3568, or Roger Reed at 903-348-7114.

Hunt Regional is offering October Mobile Mammography Coach in Sulphur Springs
Hunt County Regional Hospital is offering the Tubby Adkisson Memorial Mobile Mammography Coach on October 26th in the Spring Village Shopping Center in Sulphur Springs, and on October 27th at the Fall Festival in Sulphur Springs. All insurances accepted at Hunt Regional are also accepted for the Mobile Mammography Coach, including Medicare and Medicaid. They can also help with payment resources for uninsured/income-eligible women or those who choose to pay cash. For help with payment resources please call The Bridge Breast Network at (214) 821-3820 x 21. To schedule individual screening mammograms, please call (903) 408-5010. Appointments and pre-registration are requested.

EDC and ATCOG announce the 2nd Annual Northeast Texas Rural Transportation Summit
Sulphur Springs EDC and the Ark-Tex Council of Governments announces the 2nd Annual Northeast Texas Rural Transportation Summit on Tuesday, October 31st at the Hopkins County Civic Center located at 1200 Houston Street in Sulphur Springs.  Keynote Speaker is Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. Panels will include local industry, major rail operators, short-line rail operators, and regional airport operators.  For additional information call Roger Feagley at the EDC, 903-439-0101.

Ribbon Cuttings:

Bombshell & Company hosted their Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening on Wednesday, October 4th at noon
Bombshell & Company hosted their ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 4th at noon. Bombshell & Co. is located at 101 Bill Bradford Road, Suite 16, in Sulphur Springs.  Go by and welcome this new business to Hopkins County!

Danna’s Buffalo Girls held their ribbon cutting celebration
To kick-off the flea market style and swap Highway 11 event, the Hopkins County Chamber of Danna’s Buffalo Girls hosted a Ribbon Cutting Celebration on October 11 at 11:00 a.m. at 20670 Hwy 11 East in Winnsboro.  Visit or call 903-439-7091 for more information.

New Members:

Welcome to our newest members to the Chamber of Commerce.  Sign Gypsies and Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort, we are happy to welcome you to the Chamber!

Have a wonderful weekend!