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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

By Butch Burney

Summer may be a time for vacations and holidays, but a lot is going on at the Chamber. Adult Leadership, the stew logo contest, the upcoming Showcase, and a political luncheon are just a few of the things we are working on now. Here’s some information on each:

Adult Leadership

The Adult Leadership program is currently accepting 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.

Friday is Final Day for Logo Contest

Friday is the final day to email your logo entries for the 52nd World Championship Hopkins County 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 our 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 The winner will be chosen on July 8.

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. 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. 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,

Lunch and Learn

State Sen. Bob Hall and State Rep. Bryan Slaton will be in town for a Lunch and Learn starting at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm 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. Lunch will be provided at the Sulphur Springs Country Club. Tickets are $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Thanks to Atmos Energy and Oncor for sponsoring this important luncheon.

Journey Road Golf Tournament

Journey Road Ministries, 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,

Mammography Screening

Hunt Regional Healthcare’s Tubby Adkisson Memorial Mobile Mammography Coach will be at the Spring Village Shopping Center on Tuesday, July 22. To schedule a mammogram, call 903-408-5010. All insurance is accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare.

Jet Ski Race

A professional Jet Ski race event is coming to Sulphur Springs July 24-25 at Coleman Lake Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free to the public and features food vendors, local business booths, jet ski performances, and action-packed racing.

Jettribe is the title sponsor of the final round of the Texas WaterX Championship watercraft race series, sanctioned by the IJSBA, in Sulphur Springs. Winners of the Sulphur Springs Championship will be crowned Texas State Champions.

This inaugural event at Lake Coleman is the final battleground for the Jettribe Texas WaterX Series. Watercraft racers from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, and guest Jettribe Team Riders from California will be battling it out for the championship. Only the best riders with fine-tuned race machines will find themselves on top of the podium.

You can find details for vendors, hotel information, and racer registration on the 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 30, Payne Electric. You can read biographical stories on the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page and Instagram page.

Ribbon Cuttings

Journey Road Ministries, a foster care ministry, held a ribbon-cutting for the nonprofit organization at the Chamber office on June 22. Read about the great work of this organization at

Journey Road Ministries