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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

You may think you know all there is to know about Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County, but if you haven’t participated in the Adult Leadership program, I guarantee you don’t know everything.

We are currently taking applications for the 2021-22 Adult Leadership class. Registration is on our website,, or I can email you the documents if you contact me at or call 903-885-6515.

Adult Leadership takes you through all of the services of the city and county in an in-depth program that will enrich your life, both occupationally and individually. If you applied last year, please re-apply this year.

Stew Logo Contest

The logo contest for the 52nd World Championship Hopkins County Stew Contest on Oct. 23 is open until Friday, July 2, and we are already receiving 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 logo contest winner 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 by Friday, July 2, and no late entries will be accepted. We select the winner 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 Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Booths are available for $60 each, and vendors need a $25 gift or gift card for random drawings. It is a fantastic networking event and a way for you to get your name and services out to the public as a business owner or representative. Only Chamber members can reserve booths for display. At the same time, the public attends 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,

Lunch and Learn

State Sen. Bob Hall and State Rep. Bryan Slaton will be in town for a Lunch and Learn starting 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Registration forms are on our website, so sign up to learn how laws passed (and not passed) by the Texas Legislature will affect your business. We provide lunch at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Tickets are $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers.

Journey Road Golf Tournament

Journey Road, a foster care ministry, hosts its inaugural golf tournament at the Sulphur Springs Country Club on Monday, July 19. The four-person scramble will tee off at 8:00 am. To register, go to their website,

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 June 14, Dr. William Longino Dental Clinic. You can read biographical stories on the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page and Instagram page.

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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.

Journey Road, a foster care ministry, will have a ribbon-cutting at the Chamber office (110 Main St.) at noon on Tuesday, June 22. Come by to support this worthwhile non-profit.

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.