Chamber Connection

CHAMBER CONNECTION June 9

By Butch Burney

The logo contest for the 52nd World Championship Hopkins County Stew Contest on Oct. 23 is open until Friday, July 2, and we have already received our first entries. The official logo will go on posters, T-shirts and promotional materials for the stew contest.

The theme for this year’s stew is Stewstock, borrowing from the Woodstock festival idea. All logo entries should be original and include the theme in some manner. The winner of the logo contest will receive five T-shirts and five stew tickets, plus a coveted parking pass.

Entries should be in jpg format and emailed to me at butch@hopkinschamber.org by Friday, July 2. No late entries will be accepted. The winner will be chosen on July 8.

If you have any questions, call me at 903-885-6515 or use the email above.

The Chamber is planning to host a full stew this year, using both the north and south sides of Buford Park. We will include the Friday night appetizer contest and a concert after the Wildcats’ home football game. We are hoping for great weather to have one of the biggest stew contests ever.

Chamber Showcase
The Third Annual Chamber Showcase is still open for vendors. The Showcase is set for Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Booths are available for $60 each and vendors are asked to bring a $25 gift or gift card to be given away at random drawings. This is a fantastic networking event and a way for you, as a business owner or representative, to get your name and services out to the public. Only Chamber members can reserve booths for display (the public is invited to attend free of charge), so contact us at the Chamber to find out how your affordable annual membership not only allows you to rent a booth at the Showcase but gives you advantages and opportunities all year long. Come by or call the Chamber office at 903-885-6515 for more information. A registration link is on our website, hopkinschamber.org.

Lunch and Learn
State Sen. Bob Hall and State Rep. Bryan Slaton will be in town for a Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. Registration forms will soon be on our website, so be ready to sign up to learn how laws passed (and not passed) by the Texas Legislature will affect your business.

Choral Society
The Northeast Texas Choral Society is performing “I’ll Fly Away” this weekend at the SSHS Auditorium at the Hopkins County Civic center. Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Tickets may be purchased at singerscount.org. Veterans/active military get in free, along with first responders, with proper ID.

Faire on the Square
A Faire on the Square to help defray medical and travel costs for Kris Cobb is planned for 10 a.m. to 10 pm. Saturday, June 12. There will be plenty of activities for kids and adults, plus a day full of musical guests. There will also be ample opportunities to donate to the Kris Cobb fund.

Business Highlight
The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce is highlighting a member of the Chamber each week. Please join me in congratulating our Business of the Week for May 10, Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation. You can read biographical stories on the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page and Instagram page.

Ribbon Cuttings
The City of Sulphur Springs will be hosting a ribbon-cutting for the HW Grays Building in Pacific Park at noon Friday, June 18. You won’t want to miss the opening of the new meeting center at the park.

There will be a ribbon-cutting at noon Friday, June 25, at Merle Norman Cosmetics at 212 North Davis St. Please join us for this special moment.

A ribbon-cutting is also scheduled for noon Tuesday, June 29, for Nextlink Internet at 249 Heritage Parkway. Please mark that on your calendar to attend.

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