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Hopkins County Chamber Connection



Meredith Cadell
Meredith Cadell



by Meredith Caddell

Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting for Gourmet Kitchen & Co.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting for Gourmet Kitchen & Co was so much fun and the refreshments were more like a banquet.  We sampled the delicious candies, jellies, pretzels, sandwiches and much more that Judy Heilman offers in her store. This store is a hometown market place for gourmet foods and kitchen gifts, including items like, preserves, jams, jellies, flavored coffees and teas.  They have marinating sauces, rubs, seasonings, soups and dips!  They can make up fabulous gourmet gift baskets for any occasion!  Famous brands they carry are: Sweet Shop USA, San Saba, Blue Cattle Truck Trading Co. and Robert Rothchild Farm.  For more information, please call 903-885-9700 or visit the shop at 213 Main Street!

Gourmet Kitchen
Gourmet Kitchen


Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for J & J’s Meat Market

Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting for J & J’s Meat Market.  This meat market has only the top prime cuts of meat and there is nothing there that is not delicious!  If you haven’t tried it, you need to.  They guarantee every piece of meat they sell.    For more information, call Justin Friddle or Jason LaRue at 903-919-5273.  They are located at 629 Gilmer.

J%J Meat Market
J%J Meat Market


Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Splash Pools, Etc., Friday, May 13, 12:00 Noon, 1217 S. Broadway

We are so pleased to welcome our newest member of the Chamber of Commerce, Splash Pools, located at 1217 S. Broadway.  They are eager to meet each one of you and invite you to their grand opening and ribbon cutting tomorrow, Friday, May 13 at noon.  We hope to see everyone there to welcome them to Sulphur Springs.


J & J  Meat Market’s Grand Opening and Cook-Out, Saturday, May 14 from 11a-1p @ 629 Gilmer.

Stop by J & J Meat Market to meet Jason and Justin and sample some of their delicious prime cut meats!  They offer a wide selection of steaks (cut to order), chicken, MOAB (mother of all burgers) along with a wide variety of cheeses.  Stop by and meet them and try some of their delicious meets this Saturday!


Adult Leadership Class being offered for the Fall!  Sign up Now!!!

Lynda Hager reported that she would be offering an Adult Leadership Class starting in August for anyone who is interested.  The Adult Leadership Class is a community leadership development program sponsored by the Hopkins county Chamber of Commerce.  The course was created in 1989 with the concept of offering leadership training and community involvement for emerging business and community leaders. Leadership Sulphur Springs is a nine-month session, with meetings held once a month. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.
The Community Players present “Tuna Does Vegas, May 12-22 at 227 Main Street, Main Street Theatre

“Tuna Does Vegas” starts today, Thursday, May 12th and runs through May 22.  Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and matinees on Sunday’s at 2 p.m.  For more information go online mainsttheatre.com or call 903-885-0107.


Midnight Riders hosts the 3rd Annual Illness Rally, May 14th

The Midnight Riders will host a poker run, balloon toss, darts, slow race, weenie bite, tennis ball pickup, dunking booth and more.  They will have lots of great food and merchandise vendors, great games and lots of prizes.  Entry for the rally is $10 for one person and $15 for two people.  This year, the rally will benefit Karen Phillips, who is a 60-year old waitress suffering with stage 4 double lung, throat, thyroid and lymph node cancer and Lauren Hill a 26-year old mother of one who has leukemia.  We are trying to help alleviate some of the travel and medical expenses that they incur.  So come on out and have some fun!  The event will be held at Highwayman Ink, 1783 Hwy 19S.  The rally is from 12-midnight.  For more information, email midnightriders_ss@yahoo.com



Dinner Tonight, Healthy Cooking School, Friday, May 20th from 9am-Noon

Are you looking for ways to prepare easy, nutritious, and economical meals for your family?  Then make plans to attend the Healthy Cooking School, Friday, 5/20 from 9am-Noon at the ROC at 115 Putman Street.  You will learn about kitchen gadgets, knife skills, dressing up your table and more.  The cost is $15 if paid by May 9th, which includes cooking demonstrations by count extension agents featuring Chef Lyndsay Caldwell, goody bags, door prizes, recipes, refreshments and exhibits.  For additional information, please call Johanna Hicks at 903-885-3443.


Branded Ranch Rodeo, Saturday, May 21st at the Civic Center

Don’t miss the Branded Ranch Rodeo featuring Bull Riding, Saturday, 5/21!  Free chuckwagon food begins at 3pm and the rodeo starts @ 5pm.  The will have sortin’, brandin’, calf scramble, wild cow milkin’, muggin’, bronc riding and mutton bustin’.  It’s only $5/person with kids under 5 FREE.  All proceeds support Community Seeds.  For more information please visit www.brandedranchrodeo.com.


Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop

The next session will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Extension Office.  The workshop is free and engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license.  Topics covered will be marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, and goals & dreams.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided by local businesses.  Please call 903-885-3443 to reserve seats.


Hopkins County Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show & Sales

Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th the Hopkins County Historical Society’s 2nd Annual arts, crafts & collectibles Show and Sales will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 416 N. Jackson.  FREE ADMISSION!  Vendor spaces are available and any kind of craft is acceptable.  Food and concessions will be available both days.  For more information, please call 903-945-3308 or 903-438-7431 or you can email joycebateman38@yahoo.com.  Everyone make plans to attend this fun event and help support our Hopkins County Historical Society.


Hopkins County Historical Society Ranch Cook-Off, Saturday, May 28 at Noon, 416 N. Jackson

Tickets for the Cook-off are available at the HC Heritage Park or any member of the Historical Society for $15.00 per person.  This event is sponsored by Alliance Bank.  For details please call 903-335-2752 or 903-383-2648.  This event will be held during their 2nd annual Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show & Sales, which is FREE.  Plan to bring your family for a fun day and good food.


Ride for Recognition Send-Off, Downtown Plaza, June 3, 2016, 12:00 Noon

Del Francis 74 years-old, will leave Sulphur Springs, TX at 12:00 noon, June 3, 2016, from the downtown plaza to start his bicycle ride to Washington, D. C. to honor his 74 shipmates who were lost in Vietnam.  The purpose of this ride is to have their names added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  June 3, 1969 at 3:00 a.m. the Frank E. Evans DD 754 was cut in half with the front half sinking within 2 minutes.  74 men died.  They had just left the “Gun Lien’ firing in support of ground troops in Viet Nam.    It was the second largest loss of life for the Navy in the Vietnam War.  Because they were 100 miles outside “the official Combat Zone” they are not listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.  Please come support Del Francis as he starts this journey to honor our fallen.


Something NEW for the Ice Cream Freeze Off! Saturday, June 11th @ 4:00pm the Civic Center grounds

Entry forms are available for the 15th Annual Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 300 Connally Street.  The event will take place on Saturday, June 11th at 4:00pm at the Civic Center!  Prizes are awarded in four categories: Little Dips (Ages 6-12), Big Dips (Ages 13 and Older) and Super Scoops (Previous first place winners).  Entries will be judged in the following categories: Plain (Chocolate or Vanilla), Fruit (Single Ingredient Fruit) and Novelty (Mixed Ingredients).   This year we are adding a new category…First Timers!  If you have never entered the Ice Cream Contest, but wanted to, now is the time.  We will award 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for the first timers category.  All ice cream, regardless of if it’s plain, fruit or novelty, will be judged together!  So start figuring out your favorite recipe and submit it for entry in the contest.  And, by the way…there is NO ENTRY FEE!!!  For more information, please call 903-885-6515.  You may also download the entry from at www.sulphursprings-tx.com.  Special Prizes will be awarded to entries received prior to June 6th!


Up, up and away… 57th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival’s Balloon Rally and 5k Milk Run

This year’s chip timed race will be held on Friday evening, June 10 at 7:00pm. Imagine running down a country road, on a beautiful summer evening in Hopkins County, beneath a sky filled with colorful balloons. This unique family event features an out and back course that begins and ends at the balloon glow and launch area! Stick around after the race and enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of 30 brilliantly colored balloons and live entertainment from the main stage. All runners 18 years and older will have their bib numbers entered in a drawing for a ride in a hot air balloon on Saturday evening, June 11th. All winners will be announced on Friday night after the run.

Mission:  To raise community awareness and to salute the hard working dairy farmer and their families who have contributed so richly to our economy and to the quality of life in Sulphur Springs. Proceeds from the Milk Run directly support the youth scholarship programs of 57th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival. Want to WIN a ride in a Hot-Air Balloon? Just register for the 2016 Milk Run on June 10, 2016!  All registered participants, 18 years and older, are automatically entered into a random drawing for a Hot-Air Balloon ride on June 11th! (Weather permitting) Register now at www.hopkinscountydairyfestival.com

Heritage Christian Counseling Hamburger Cookout

The hamburger cookout benefitting Heritage Christian Counseling Center, Friday was a huge success.  Mary wants to thank each of you who attended and supported this much-needed counseling service.  For more information about the Counseling Center, please call Mary at 903-438-6829.


Stonecreek Solutions phone number is 903-886-7378.  It is incorrect in our Membership Directory.

The Chamber welcomes our newest members:

4 X 4 Performance Horses, 1046 CR 3562, Dike, TX, Martha Hayward owner of this Horse Ranch.

Carrie Northcutt, Individual

Splash Pools, Etc. 1217 S. Broadway, 903-919-5010, Swimming Pools/Spas/Pool