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Hopkins County Chamber Connection June 2, 2016



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June 2nd    by Meredith Caddell

Something NEW for the Ice Cream Freeze Off! Saturday, June 11th @ 4:00pm the Civic Center grounds

Entry forms are available for the 15th Annual Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 300 Connally Street.  The event will take place on Saturday, June 11th at 4:00pm at the Civic Center!  Prizes are awarded in four categories: Little Dips (Ages 6-12), Big Dips (Ages 13 and Older) and Super Scoops (Previous first place winners).  Entries will be judged in the following categories: Plain (Chocolate or Vanilla), Fruit (Single Ingredient Fruit) and Novelty (Mixed Ingredients).  The Big Dip Category includes a Novelty Fruit (Fruit plus another ingredient i.e. Strawberry Cheesecake) and a Novelty Other (Butterfinger, Butter Pecan, etc.) This year we are adding a new category…First Timers!  If you have never entered the Ice Cream Contest, but wanted to, now is the time.  We will award 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for the first timers category.  All ice cream in first timers, regardless of if it’s plain, fruit or novelty, will be judged together!  So start figuring out your favorite recipe and submit it for entry in the contest.  And, by the way…there is NO ENTRY FEE!!!  For more information, please call 903-885-6515.  You may also download the entry from at  Special Prizes will be awarded to entries received prior to June 6th!


Adult Leadership Class being offered for the Fall!  Sign up Now!!!

Lynda Hager reported that she would be offering an Adult Leadership Class starting in August for anyone who is interested.  The Adult Leadership Class is a community leadership development program sponsored by the Hopkins county Chamber of Commerce.  The course was created in 1989 with the concept of offering leadership training and community involvement for emerging business and community leaders. Leadership Sulphur Springs is a nine-month session, with meetings held once a month. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.


Lakes Regional Community Center Offers FREE Services and is Open to the General Public

Lakes Regional Community Center is available, free of charge, to help you enroll in the Marketplace coverage that is required everyone who is employed.  They can help to see if you qualify for coverage outside Open Enrollment.  Each family member not carrying insurance can be penalized up to $695.00 a person.  Lakes Regional will walk you through the steps of Open Enrollment or tell you how to report changes about your household, like job loss, divorce, new baby and much more.  Call Sherry Bakkum at 903-453-7554 for more information.


Ride for Recognition Send-Off, Downtown Plaza, June 3, 2016, 12:00 Noon

Del Francis 74 years-old, will leave Sulphur Springs, TX at 12:00 noon, June 3, 2016, from the downtown plaza to start his bicycle ride to Washington, D. C. to honor his 74 shipmates who were lost in Vietnam.  The purpose of this ride is to have their names added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  June 3, 1969 at 3:00 a.m. the Frank E. Evans DD 754 was cut in half with the front half sinking within 2 minutes.  74 men died.  They had just left the “Gun Lien’ firing in support of ground troops in Viet Nam.    It was the second largest loss of life for the Navy in the Vietnam War.  Because they were 100 miles outside “the official Combat Zone” they are not listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.  Please come support Del Francis as he starts this journey to honor our fallen.


Camp Brave Heart is June 9, 10 at the 1st United Methodist Church

Camp Braveheart is a grief camp for children ages 6 and up.  The campers will explore and share their feelings with other children who have also experienced a loss.  Children benefit from learning about how the grief process works and that the feelings they are having are normal.  Camp Brave Heart is FREE of charge, but space is limited.  Cypress Basin Hospice presents this program and it is being sponsored by Everett Toyota of Mt. Pleasant,, Star Country 95.9, Mix 107.7 and MCC love serve.

If you are interested in more information or volunteer opportunities please contact Cypress Basin Hospice at 903-577-1510 or


Up, up and away… 57th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival’s Balloon Rally and 5k Milk Run

This year’s chip timed race will be held on Friday evening, June 10 at 7:00pm. Imagine running down a country road, on a beautiful summer evening in Hopkins County, beneath a sky filled with colorful balloons. This unique family event features an out and back course that begins and ends at the balloon glow and launch area! Stick around after the race and enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of 30 brilliantly colored balloons and live entertainment from the main stage. All runners 18 years and older will have their bib numbers entered in a drawing for a ride in a hot air balloon on Saturday evening, June 11th. All winners will be announced on Friday night after the run.

Mission:  To raise community awareness and to salute the hard working dairy farmer and their families who have contributed so richly to our economy and to the quality of life in Sulphur Springs. Proceeds from the Milk Run directly support the youth scholarship programs of 57th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival. Want to WIN a ride in a Hot-Air Balloon? Just register for the 2016 Milk Run on June 10, 2016!  All registered participants, 18 years and older, are automatically entered into a random drawing for a Hot-Air Balloon ride on June 11th! (Weather permitting) Register now at

Cruisin’ for St. Jude’s Classic Car Show/Flea Market, June 11th at 11:00 a.m., S. S. Antique Gallery

The Sulphur Springs Antique Gallery, 1130 Shannon Road East (East frontage road of I-30), will host a Classic Car Show/Flea Market w/Tribute Artist Josh Davis as Elvis at 11 a.m.  Bring your classic vehicles and show them off that day!  Cash prizes will be awarded.  Vendors and Dealers Welcomed.  Call 903-569-4257 for more information.  Proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Hospital.


Affiliated Driving School, Tuesday, July 19th at the Senior Citizen’s Center

Karon Weatherman is offering an Affiliated Driving School at the Senior Citizen’s Center on Tuesday, July 19th. The class is good for ticket dismissal and/or 10% off of your liability insurance. The discount is good for 3 years.     The cost of the class is $15.00 for Insurance Discount or $25 for Ticket Dismissal.  Call 903-885-1661.


We would like to welcome the newest members to the Chamber of Commerce:

Splash Kingdom Water Park

6501 I-30

Greenville, TX 75402

Holli Wilson

Family Entertainment Center