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Hopkins County Chamber Connection, May 18



Meredith Cadell
Meredith Cadell

by Meredith Caddell

Ribbon Cutting for Merle Norman Cosmetics & Boutique, Friday, May 20, 212 N. Davis, 12:00 noon

Merle Norman Cosmetics & Boutique, will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening tomorrow, Friday, May 20,  12:00 noon, at 212 North Davis.  There will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet Gay Bailey, manager, and see the large array of articles she has in her boutique and cosmetics that she has for all of you your beauty needs.  Please come support our newest member to the Chamber of Commerce.  Hope to see you there!


Thank you to those who attended the Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Splash Pools, Etc., Friday,

We are so pleased to welcome one of our newest members of the Chamber of Commerce, Splash Pools, located at 1217 S. Broadway.  They are eager to meet each one of you and to help you with all of your pool needs.

splash Pools RIbbon Cutting
splash Pools RIbbon Cutting


The Branded Ranch Rodeo Ribbon Cutting was Wednesday, May 18, at noon, at the Civic Center

Those attended got a feel of the rodeo first hand.  We met the cowboys that will be performing this Saturday, May 2st and they and their horses joined us in the arena for the Ribbon Cutting Picture.  This rodeo event starts at 3 p.m. with free chuck wagon ‘fixins’.  It’s $5.00 a person and kids under 5 are free.  Gizmo the rodeo clown will be performing and there will be a balloon artist to make characters out of balloons.  There will be a live band for your entertainment as well as the top cowboys, by invitation only, performing bull riding and bronc riding as well as sortin’, brandin’, muggin’, mutton bustin’, wild cow milkin’ and calf scramble.  These are daily activities that actual ranch hands perform daily.  It’s a time of sheer pleasure and entertainment for the entire family.  It’s a non-profit organization, hosted and endorsed by local cowboy churches,  and all the proceeds go to Community Seeds, a community outreach organization providing care for the less fortunate. It’s a faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3), providing services and programs for the less fortunate and underserved in Hunt, Rains and Hopkins county.  Please come enjoy the evening and help support such a worthwhile organizationFor more information, please visit


Branded Ranch Rodeo
Branded Ranch Rodeo

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).   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, 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.
The Community Players present “Tuna Does Vegas, May 12-22 at 227 Main Street, Main Street Theatre

“Tuna Does Vegas” starts today, Thursday, May 12th and runs through May 22.  Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and matinees on Sunday’s at 2 p.m.  For more information go online or call 903-885-0107.


Dinner Tonight, Healthy Cooking School, Friday, May 20th from 9am-Noon

Are you looking for ways to prepare easy, nutritious, and economical meals for your family?  Then make plans to attend the Healthy Cooking School, Friday, 5/20 from 9am-Noon at the ROC at 115 Putman Street.  You will learn about kitchen gadgets, knife skills, dressing up your table and more.  The cost is $15 if paid by May 9th, which includes cooking demonstrations by count extension agents featuring Chef Lyndsay Caldwell, goody bags, door prizes, recipes, refreshments and exhibits.  For additional information, please call Johanna Hicks at 903-885-3443.


Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop

The next session will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Extension Office.  The workshop is free and engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license.  Topics covered will be marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, and goals & dreams.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided by local businesses.  Please call 903-885-3443 to reserve seats.


Hopkins County Historical Society’s 2nd Annual Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show & Sales

Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th the Hopkins County Historical Society’s 2nd Annual arts, crafts & collectibles Show and Sales will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 416 N. Jackson.  FREE ADMISSION!  Vendor spaces are available and any kind of craft is acceptable.  Food and concessions will be available both days.  For more information, please call 903-945-3308 or 903-438-7431 or you can email  Everyone make plans to attend this fun event and help support our Hopkins County Historical Society.


Hopkins County Historical Society Ranch Cook-Off, Saturday, May 28 at Noon, 416 N. Jackson

Tickets for the Cook-off are available at the HC Heritage Park or any member of the Historical Society for $15.00 per person.  This event is sponsored by Alliance Bank.  For details please call 903-335-2752 or 903-383-2648.  This event will be held during their 2nd annual Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show & Sales, which is FREE.  Plan to bring your family for a fun day and good food.


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.


Stonecreek Solutions phone number is 903-886-7378.  It is incorrect in our Membership Directory.