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Hopkins County Chamber Connection – Sept. 13

By Butch Burney

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting informational meetings for restaurants, schools, and churches about their roles in the Total Solar Eclipse 2024 next week.

We are emailing those groups, but even if your restaurant, school district, or Church did not receive an email, we invite you to the meetings.

The restaurant meeting will be at 3:00 pm Monday, September 18, the school meeting at 11:00 am Tuesday, September 19, and the church meeting at 10:00 am Thursday, September 21. All sessions will be in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 110 Main St. The meetings aim to inform and brainstorm their roles as the city and county prepare for tens of thousands of visitors on April 8, 2024, for the total solar eclipse.

For more information, email

Stew News

Stew cooks, check your calendars. You have just a little over three weeks to nail down your site!

Past stew cooks have until noon on Friday, September 29, to reclaim the site they cooked on last year. The 54th Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival, presented by Alliance Bank, will begin on Saturday, October 28.

Tickets and shirts are now on sale, so get yours now!

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 will also get other merchandise as the October 28 stew date draws closer.

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 last week 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. Online access, $8.00 each for everyone 13 years and older, is available at Paper tickets are now available at the Chamber and local banks.

One Church announced last week that they would sponsor the Fun Zone, which includes Gellyball, bounce houses, and kids’ games. That means free fun for children!

City National Bank will sponsor the Friday night festivities on October 27, and we will announce that line-up soon.

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.

Main Street Uncorked

Main Street Uncorked Wine and Music Festival comes downtown on 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 1–3 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 October 11-15, while the parade, from Buford Park to Brookshire’s, will begin at 10:00 am. Saturday, October 21. Trade and vendor booths, a kids’ zone, a creative art contest, and a craft show will all be conducted from Friday, October 27, to Saturday, October 28.

Walk Like MADD

MADD East Texas will have its annual Walk Like MADD at Buford Park at 5:00 pm. Saturday, September 16. For more information, call 903-534-6000.

Ribeye Roundup

Bet your appetites ready for the NetBio Cattleman’s Classic Ribeye Roundup, back on Celebration Plaza on Saturday, October 7. The steak dinner starts at 6:30 pm, with a concert at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $35 each; you can purchase them at Texas Heritage National Bank. VIP tickets are $100 each.

NRA Event

Friends of NRA will have its annual fundraising event at 5:00 pm on September 16 at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Individual tickets are $50, including dinner and one chance for a handgun drawing. A table for eight is $500 and includes dinner, reserved seating, program recognition, and an opportunity for a rifle drawing.

For more information, contact Sharon Campbell at 832-423-0926, Petty York at 210-414-5874, or Sandy Roeder at 903-629-5079.

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.

Mobile Mammography

Hunt Regional Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Coach will be at Sulphur Springs Shopping Village, 1185 South Broadway St., on Thursday, September 28. Most insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. Please call 903-408-5010 to schedule a time.

Veterans Walk

On September 9, will host second and third-generation Army Combat Arms, John and Jason Mumby, to walk 26 miles from Winnsboro City Hall to Sulphur Springs to raise awareness and donations for veteran suicide programs.

You can participate by welcoming them to town, walking a mile or two, or all 26 miles. Call or text John Mumby at or text 313-310-6277 for information.

Wedding Expo

The DIY Wedding Expo returns to the Civic Center from noon to 5:00 pm on September 23. For more information on sponsorships or vendor spaces, contact Tracey Treadway at 214-683-7669 or