Chamber Connection


This year’s Hopkins County Stew Contest certainly looked different than it ever has before.  88 cooks were spread out over 14 acres, most people got their stew via the drive-through, and the park looked a bit empty.  But there was something that was the same… people had fun!  The spirit of the stew contest remained in this year marked with cancellations, and we are so thankful for it.

I would like to take a moment to list the sponsors for the Hopkins County Stew Contest as they are critically important to its success.  A huge thank you goes to: Jay Hodge Chevrolet, Atmos Energy, Brookshires, Chick-fil-A, City National Bank, Legacy Ag Credit, Saputo, Heritage Hospice, Interstate Body Shop, Clayton Homes, GDC Industrial, ONCOR, Dr. Liao Orthopedic Center, Legacy Ag Credit, Texas Heritage National Bank, Summit Dental, Texas Farm Credit, Circle E Western Wear, Peoples Communication, First Baptist Church and Bright Star Baking Company, Moreland Fence, Hope Family Fellowship, Professional Land and Title, Robinson Bennet Construction, C-n-C Pro AV, Hampton Inn, Jiffy Signs, State Representative Dan Flynn, Sulphur Springs Centre for Dance, Super Handy, Alliance Bank, Galyean Insurance, Latson’, Southwest Dairy Museum, Travel Time RV, Central Baptist Church, Rock Creek Health & Rehab, East Texas Physical Therapy, Brian Toliver Ford, Julia Wilhite State Farm, Landers Creek Outfitters, 95.9 Star Country,

KSST, Cheyenne Smithers with Preuss & Flecker, Renee Jennings with RE/MAX Advanced, ECHO Publishing & Design, Miss Behavin, RE/MAX Advanced, The Propane Company, and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department.

In the next few weeks, we will begin work on next year’s stew, and with everything in us, we hope that Stew Contest will be NORMAL!  Save the date for Saturday, October 23rd, when we celebrate the 52nd Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest!

VR Social to host Halloween Event
VR Social, located at 317 Spring Street in Sulphur Springs, is hosting a ScreamFest Event for Halloween.  It is scheduled for Friday, October 30th, Saturday, October 31st, and Sunday, November 1st, from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door and includes 15 minutes of Virtual Reality time to explore a haunted/horror experience. Tickets are numbered, so while you wait for your ticket number to be called, you can enjoy the horror movies on their big screen with hot cider, candy, and mixing and mingling with the community.  Costumes are highly encouraged!  Please bring chairs and blankets.