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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

By Butch Burney

Fireworks, music, and a celebration of our country are on tap for Saturday, July 2, in the downtown square.

The 30th anniversary of the local Independence Day Celebration, presented by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League and featuring the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, will start at 8:00 pm. Bring your lawn chairs!

Business After Hours

Whether you’re a Chamber member or not, come on out for one of the best networking events. Don’t miss the Chamber’s Business After Hours at CPI, from 4:30–6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 28, at their offices at 1123 Shannon Road East. They will have food and drinks for everyone to enjoy.

Stew Logo Contest

It’s not too late to enter the logo contest for the 53rd Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest. You have until Thursday, June 30, to send your logo submission. The theme is “Road Trip –Destination Hopkins County.” The winning entry gets four T-shirts with the theme logo, four stew tickets, a tumbler, a quart ticket, and a parking pass.

To enter, upload your design at or email to

Mental Health First Aid

Lakes Regional will host a two-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) event, free and open to the public. The adult MHFA starts from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on July 14 at the Lakes Regional Sulphur Springs location on Airport Road. The youth seminar will be from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on July 26.

To register, call 972-977-7295 or email

Backstory Happenings

G3 Mercantile will be bringing country music singer Tommy Alverson to Backstory Brewery, along with Longhorn burgers and door prizes on July 9. They serve burgers from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, with the music going from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Goodwill Appreciation

Goodwill Industries at 1320 West Shannon Road will be hosting a customer appreciation event from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on July 9. Enjoy hot dogs, chips, water, soda, and watermelon and a chance to earn a discount on your purchases.

Handbag Bingo

The Hopkins County Health Care (HCHC) Foundation will be hosting the ever-popular Designer Handbag Bingo. Tickets and sponsorships are now available for this event on Thursday, August 4, at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Doors open at 5:00 pm, and the bingo play starts at 6:00 pm.

This event provides an opportunity to support the initiatives of the HCHC Foundation while enjoying a ladies’ night out at bingo. Participants will receive a drink ticket, appetizers, and ten rounds of bingo games. Each game provides an opportunity to win two handbags.

Tickets are $50, or a table of eight is $500. They offer additional tickets for bonus rounds and drinks.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available to underwrite the costs of handbags and other expenses.

In the past, handbags have been from designers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Kate Spade, and Coach.

To register or sponsor, go to, and for more information, email or call 903-438-4799 or 903-335-0705.

Ribbon Cuttings

Vosh Graphix hosted a ribbon-cutting at noon Thursday, June 23, at the Chamber office. Please welcome them to the business community.

Greenleaf Mortuary hosted a ribbon-cutting at noon Friday, June 24, at 200 Putman St. Please welcome them.

Texas Pelvic Health will have a ribbon-cutting at noon Wednesday, June 29, at 428 South Hillcrest Drive. Please join us for this event.