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Hopkins County Chamber Connection – Sept. 28

By Butch Burney

Tickets for this year’s 53rd Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival, sponsored by Alliance Bank, are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office, local banks, and online!

This year, tickets are $8 each, or four tickets for $28. You can purchase them at Alliance Bank, City National Bank, Texas Heritage National Bank, and Pilgrim Bank locations or the Chamber office, 110 Main St. You can also purchase them online at

Quart tickets are $15 this year. You can purchase these only at the Chamber office or on the day of the stew, which is Saturday, Oct. 22.

Stew Cook Registration

If you have cooked stew in the past or want to for the first time, now is the time to register for Stew Fest, presented by Alliance Bank. Friday night activities, hosted by Bob Evans Foods, will be going on the night before at Buford Park.

The Friday night festivities include the appetizer contest and a concert by Dubb and the Love Machines following the home football game.

To register for a cooking site, go to the Chamber’s website at, email or call 903-885-6515. The cost to enter is $100 per stew pot, with $150 from the sponsor to pay for ingredients.

Volunteer Opportunity

If a person or group would like to volunteer to work in one of the service tents at the Stew Festival, please get in touch with me at or by calling 903-885-6515. Volunteers can help from 9:00 am to about 12:15 pm.

Ribeye Roundup

If you’re looking for a great steak, you don’t want to miss the Cattleman’s Classic and Ribeye Roundup on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the downtown plaza.

The event features a steak cook-off which will include an expected 40-plus cook team, educational trade show, a free Bobby Irwin concert, and more.

You can also get a blue Ribeye Roundup T-shirt for just $14 at the Chamber of Commerce, 110 Main St. Come by to pick one up!

Main Street Uncorked

Main Street Uncorked Wine and Music Festival are ready to go from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Saturday, Oct. 8, downtown. There will be wine samples from some of the best Texas wineries, local vendors, and musical artists, including Jeb Brooks Band and Twisted Whisky.

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

Main Street Theatre

This weekend, Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, Main Street Theatre will present two one-night-only shows. Advance tickets for both events are now available at for $15. Tickets at the door are $20.

On Friday, jazz vocalist Carolyn Jones will be in concert, accompanied by pianist Brad Williams. The show will include an evening of stories and standards.

On Saturday, Enola Gay sits with Leah Conner to talk about the importance of live music and the Conner family’s work to help beat cancer by producing and organizing the Texafied Jamfest in Hopkins County.

They will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to MD Anderson Cancer Center–Pediatric Cancer Research and Treatment.