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Hopkins County Chamber Connection

By Butch Burney


Now is the time to get your tickets before the 53rd Annual Hopkins County Stew Festival, sponsored by Alliance Bank, on Saturday, Oct 22.

This year, tickets are $8 each, or four tickets for $28, if you buy them before Saturday. On Saturday, there will not be a four-ticket discount. You can purchase tickets at Alliance Bank, City National Bank, Texas Heritage National Bank, and Pilgrim Bank locations or at the Chamber office, 110 Main St. You can also purchase them online at

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

If you want to wear your new T-shirt or carry your stew mug or tumbler to the festival, now is the time to gear up. You can get stew merchandise at the Chamber office now!

Be sure to come out to Buford Park on Friday, Oct 21, for the free concert by Dubb and the Love Machines, starting immediately after the Wildcats’ home game against Paris.

We will also have a Kids Zone with bounce houses and Gellyball.

In addition, we have doubled the number of port-a-potties, added a fourth drink station, and will have about 30 vendors in our market.

It will be a great day for the entire family!

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.

Help A Child Benefit

The 15th Annual Help-A-Child Benefit raises money for children’s charities on Saturday, Oct 15, at the Hopkins County Civic Center. Benefitting from the proceeds will be Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center, local foster families, and local Masonic lodges scholarship funds.

Events include the IRA Black FFA shop project show and auction, a cookoff for chili, brisket, and pinto beans, a cattle show, and an ag team competition build-off. There will also be carriage rides and photos.

One of the main fundraisers is the drawing for a Polaris 500 and custom-built trailer. Contact Clay Bartley at 903-438-3930 for tickets.

Free Mammography Clinic

Due to demand, Hopkins County Health Care Foundation, in partnership with CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital–Sulphur Springs, added a free Mammography Clinic. 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 staff of the Ruth & Jack Gillis Women’s Center, a part of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs, will welcome women to the clinic on two Saturdays, Oct 15 and 29.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an excellent time to schedule an annual mammogram. If you are eligible for a free mammogram, call 903-438-4325 to schedule an appointment.

LEAP Youth Expo

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas is sponsoring a LEAP (Learning Endorsements and Professions) Youth Expo at the Hopkins County Civic Center from 9 am to noon on Friday, Oct 28. The Expo sponsors are Pilgrim’s Bank, RPM Staffing Professionals, and the Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County EDC.

Halloween Costume Contest

Goodwill Industries has a DIY Show Us Your Halloween Costume Contest from Oct 25 to Oct 31 to win a $50 gift card to any Northeast Texas Goodwill store. Use items from Goodwill to make the costume, then upload a photo to their Facebook page.

University Day at TAMU-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce is partnering with Sulphur Springs for the CommUniverCity Day on Saturday, Nov 5, when the Lions football team hosts Northwestern State.

The Lions will highlight and honor local educators, youth programs, and residents. There will be on-field photos, hospitality, team interaction, and a fun family zone.

For more information, contact Chris Tobiaz at 903-468-8756 or

Epilepsy Awareness

There will be an epilepsy awareness fundraiser set for Saturday, Nov 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church’s The ROC. The fundraiser will include a car show, vendors, and a spaghetti lunch.

All proceeds go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas.