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Hopkins County Chamber Connection


By Butch Burney

Those who have tickets to the sold-out Chamber of Commerce’s annual Membership Banquet on Thursday will want to get there early to look at, at potentially purchase, artwork that will be displayed.

This year’s theme of “A Night at the Gallery” will include dozens of works of art, some of which will be for sale by local professional and amateur artists. The Chamber will help facilitate their sale after the banquet has concluded.

The banquet will include annual awards such as Educator of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Large and Small Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with dinner service to start at 6:30 at the Hopkins County Civic Center.

Eclipse 2024

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

Sulphur Springs is on the centerline for that eclipse, and we are expecting 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 longest 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, and we need your involvement. This is an opportunity for Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County to shine, and it’s important that as many people as possible participate.

If you are interested in participating, please let us know.

We are especially keen on events that might be planned for the thousands of visitors we are expecting during this weekend. We are planning a four-day festival (Friday, April 5-Monday, April 8, 2024) that will draw visitors to our town and county.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Tickets are $8 and children under 6 are free. It’s all you can eat pancakes, sausage and bacon. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis Club member.

Freedom Ball

This year’s Hopkins County Freedom Ball is going to be bigger and better than ever! Come help celebrate our local heroes at the Hopkins County Civic Center on May 20.

This years theme is “Top Gun” and Jason Walden & The Alibis will be providing the music for the evening.

Tickets are $125 each, and 200 tickets are set aside for veterans and their wingman each — first come, first serve. So, get your tickets now.

For tickets, contact Danny Davis at 903-438-4003.

DIY Wedding Expo

The East Texas DIY Wedding Expo, hosted by Frosted Whimsy, is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. March 18 at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Vendors spots are available, starting at $150. Email for more information.

Free Movies

The Barn of Emory is presenting free movies from 7-9 p.m. each Friday. The Barn of Emory is located at 550 Rains County Road 3425 in Emory. Call 903-485-8222 for movie titles each week.

Yoga Open House

One Soul Yoga & Wellness Center  will have an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at their facility at 1008 Main St. There will be free yoga classes and demos, discounts on passes and retail, and giveaways and refreshments.