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Hopkins County Chamber Connection – October 10

By Butch Burney


It’s finally getting a touch of stew weather, and now is the time to get your stew tickets and merchandise.

Tickets are $8 each for those 13 and over. Thanks to Signature Solar’s sponsorship, children 12 years and younger will eat free this year but still need a ticket.

You can purchase tickets online at, the Chamber office, 110 Main St., or at our financial institutions, which include Alliance Bank, City National Bank, First National Bank of East Texas, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Pilgrim Bank, Red River Credit Union, and Texas Heritage National Bank.

T-shirts are now available for just $25 in adult sizes S-XXL at the Chamber office. We also have a limited supply of hoodies, tumblers, mugs, and stickers.

The 54th Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival, presented by Alliance Bank, has kept its costs down because of our generous businesses in the community, and the price just got even cheaper for some families.

Signature Solar and the Chamber announced that children 12 and under will eat free at the festival on Saturday, October 28, due to Signature Solar’s generous sponsorship. Children will still need tickets, which can be obtained online or via paper.

One Church announced sponsoring the Fun Zone, including Gellyball, bounce houses, and kids’ games. Thanks to One Church’s generous sponsorship that means free fun for children!

City National Bank will sponsor the Friday night festivities on October 27, including our appetizer contest and concert by Dubb and the Luv Machines!

Thanks to our sponsors who make the stew festival affordable for families in Hopkins County. Follow the Chamber’s Instagram and Facebook accounts for spotlights on our sponsors and updates on the stew festival.

New Cooks Meeting

First-year cooks in the 54th Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival, presented by Alliance Bank, can attend a Stewcomers meeting at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 17, at the Buford Park pavilion.

All returning cooks can pick up their goody bags from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm the same day at the Chamber office, 110 Main St.

Cocktails and Conversation

Please plan to attend our following Cocktails and Conversation, the new name for our revamped Business After Hours, at Beauty Grace Lifestyle Shop on Connally Street. Cocktails and Conversation will be held the first Thursday of every month, from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm, and for November, Ana Velasco will welcome everyone to her shop.

It is a casual networking event and happy hour. You don’t have to be a Chamber member to attend.

Gospel Songfest

The Texoma Gospel Music Association will again have its fall gathering and convention at First Baptist Church’s The ROC, 115 Putman St., on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14, beginning at 10:00 am daily. The concert is free to the public, though donations are accepted.

For more information, call 940-736-7881 or 903-439-4597.

Main Street Uncorked

Main Street Uncorked Wine and Music Festival comes downtown on Saturday, October 14, from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

Enjoy wine from some of the best Texas wineries, shop local vendors, and enjoy talented musical artists. Jeb Brooks Band will perform from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, and Nevermind will be on stage from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

Tickets are available at for $10. Tickets at the door are $15.

Fall Festival

The Fall Festival is coming in October.

The Homecoming Carnival is Oct. 11-15, while the parade, from Buford Park to Brookshire’s, will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 21. Trade and vendor booths, a kids’ zone, a creative art contest, and a craft show will all be from Friday, October 27 to Saturday, October 28.

Community Players

Main Street Theatre will present Bullets on Broadway, a murder mystery, for four nights this month. The presentation by the Community Players will be at 7:00 pm nightly on Friday, Saturday, October 13, 14, 20, and 21. Visit the for ticket information.

Homecoming Parade

The Dial Study Club Homecoming Parade, presented by Triple Crown Roofing, will be at 6:30 pm. Thursday, October 12. All Sulphur Springs ISD student organizations and sports teams are encouraged to join. If your business wants to sponsor, contact any Dial member or call 903-243-4138.

Free Mammography Clinic

The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation’s Free Mammography Clinic appointments are filling up. Only a few openings are still available. If you are an uninsured woman over 40 who lives in Hopkins County, you are eligible for a free mammogram through this program.

The Ruth & Jack Gillis Women’s Center staff of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital–Sulphur Springs will welcome women to the clinic on three Saturdays on October 14, 21, and 28.

If you miss out on the free clinic this year, it should be back again next year in October.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an excellent time to schedule an annual mammogram. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. The risk of breast cancer increases with age, so mammograms, as is early detection, continue to be necessary.

If you are eligible for a free mammogram, call 903-438-4325 to schedule an appointment.

Ribbon Cuttings

Studio 9 Hair Designs hosted a ribbon-cutting at their new location, 416 Hillcrest Drive South, at noon on Wednesday, October 4. Please get in touch with them if you need their services.

RBC Freight and American Standard Housekeeping Services hosted a ribbon-cutting for their businesses on Monday, October 2. Please welcome them to the business community.

Hopkins County Veterinary Clinic will host a ribbon-cutting for their new building at 129 North Hillcrest Drive at noon on Friday, October 13. Please join us for this event.