Chamber Connection


The 48th Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest will be held at Buford Park on Saturday, October 28th.  Stew service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and quart sales begin at 11:30 a.m. Stew tickets are already on sale at all local banks and at the Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are All-You-Can-Eat Stew for $5.00 each. T-shirts will also be available for $10 each. The weather is forecasted to be beautiful, and we can’t wait to see you there! It finally time to Do The Stew!!!         

Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort hosts a Fall Festival
Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort is hosting a Fall Festival on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  It will also be held on Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15 per person or $45 for the entire family, and children two and under are free. Activities include pony rides, craft stations, carnival games, and face painting.  They will be serving beef chili and beef stew with all the fixings, popcorn, and apple cider. You can pick your perfect Jack-o-lantern from their pumpkin patch.  Large pumpkins are $6 each.  Deer Lake Cabins Resort is located at 1692 Panther Creek Pass in Mt. Vernon.

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.

Health Care Foundation is hosting a Quarter Auction
The Health Care Foundation is hosting a Quarter Auction on Thursday November 2nd at 6 p.m.  Bring your roll of quarters, buy a paddle for $10.00, and you are ready for a night of fun!  Local vendors will be auctioning special items worth from $25.00 to $100.00.  The vendors will have booths set up so that you can shop after the auction for early Christmas shopping – something for everyone.  Food & wine are available for purchase.  This is a fun and inexpensive way to get great stuff!  For more information, call the Health Care Foundation at (903) 438-4799.  Don’t miss this!

The Colonial Cowboy is hosting their Ribbon Cutting Celebration
The Colonial Cowboy is hosting their Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Friday, November 3rd, at noon.  The Colonial Cowboy is located at 13673 Interstate 30 South in Saltillo.  The Colonial Cowboy is a newly opened bed and breakfast in Hopkins County.  Please make plans to join us!

Downtown Business Alliance hosts Car Show
The DBA is hosting their 12th Annual Heritage Square Car Show from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4. Vehicles must be 1987 or older to participate.  Judged awards will be given in multiple categories, and cash prizes will be given to participants of $1,000, $500, $250, and $250.  Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m.  For more information, call (903) 885-1236 or (903) 335-0487.

Branded Ranch Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, November 11
Our local Cowboy Churches will host and endorse the Branded Ranch Rodeo & Salute the Veterans BBQ Feast at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Saturday, November 11th.  Salute the veterans BBQ Feast starts at 1 p.m. and the Rodeo starts at 5 p.m. where you will enjoy sortin’, a calf scramble, wild cow milkin’, muggin’, and bronc riding.  The Branded Ranch Rodeo is a non-profit organization that produces this rodeo and BBQ every year, and gives then proceeds to a worth-while organization.  This year’s proceeds support Community Seeds.  Fun for all!

Chamber of Commerce hosts a Customer Service Lunch + Learn
The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch + Learn on Wednesday, November 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Country Club.  This Lunch + Learn will focus on Customer Service initiatives including defining "customer" and "customer service", understanding eight effective communication skills that your employees need to know (and use consistently), understanding (and avoiding) 11 barriers to effective communication, and developing and maintaining good customer service standards within your business.  Speaker is Thomas Montgomery, MHA, MBA who is a National Director of Community Outreach & Education. Please make reservations by calling the Chamber (903) 885-6515. Reservations must be made by November 10th.  Lunch will be provided. Admission is $10 for Chamber Members and $25 for non-Chamber members.  Please join us for this educational session about customer service as the holiday season rounds the corner!

Chili’s is now offering Delivery and Catering for the Holidays
Chili’s in Sulphur Springs is now offering delivery and catering for the holiday season.  You can receive 10% off your delivered order with the coupon code CHAMBER.  Chili’s will need 24-hour advanced notice for all orders.  Just call (903) 885-5242 to place your order.  Let Chili’s do the holiday cooking for you!

Fall Festival:
The Fall Festival has events scheduled all weekend!  For a complete listing of events, visit their website at

Have a wonderful weekend!