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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

By Butch Burney

The date is Apr. 8, 2024, and it’s happening in Sulphur Springs. We are talking about the next total solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States.

Sulphur Springs is on the centerline for that eclipse. We expect that Hopkins County will double its population for that weekend, with people traveling literally from around the world to view the spectacular natural event. Sulphur Springs has one of the most extended viewing times in the nation, has historically clear weather on that date, and is close to international airports, so we are set up to be one of the feature destinations.

It’s time to get involved.

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting committee meetings for the eclipse this week. There will be a Safety and Logistics (infrastructure) meeting at 10:00 am on Wednesday, Feb. 8, followed by an Events/Entertainment/Lodging committee meeting at 10:30 am. Thursday, and an Administration/Planning meeting at 10:00 am. Friday. All sessions will be in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 110 Main St.

It is an opportunity for Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County to shine, and as many people as possible must be involved. If you are interested in any of these meetings, please show up at the appropriate time.

We are especially keen on events we might plan for the thousands of visitors we expect that weekend. We are planning a four-day festival, Friday, April 5-Monday, Apr. 8, 2024, to draw visitors to our town and county.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me at or 903-885-6515.

Pancake Breakfast

One of the favorite Saturdays of the year is the Kiwanis Club’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, set for Feb. 18, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Tickets are $8, and children under six are free. It’s all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and bacon. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis Club member.

DIY Wedding Expo

The East Texas DIY Wedding Expo, hosted by Frosted Whimsy, is scheduled for noon to 5:00 pm Mar. 18 at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Vendor spots are available, starting at $150, and you can email for more information.

Ribbon Cuttings/Grand Opening

Werry Pools will host a ribbon cutting at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Chamber office. Please welcome them to the business community.