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Hopkins County Chamber Of Commerce Connection



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By Meredith Caddell

Well friends…this is officially my last Chamber Connection.  Once again, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support of me and the Chamber of Commerce!  It has been the greatest 8+ years of my life and I will treasure the friendships and memories forever!  I hope you will continue to support me in my new position as the Executive Director of the Healthcare Foundation and I know you will support the new President of the Chamber!

Dairy Festival Ribbon Cutting and Kick Off, Tomorrow on the Square at Noon

Please join us for the kick off and ribbon cutting for the dairy festival. Stop by the square at noon and meet the queen contestants, balloon pilots and organizers of this amazing week-long event.  For a complete listing of Dairy Festival Events, please visit

Don’t miss the Homemade Ice Cream Freeze Off- Sat., June 11th @ 4:00pm the Civic Center grounds

For just $3 you can enjoy all-you-can-eat homemade ice cream, this Saturday, June 11th at 4:00 on the Civic Center Grounds.  Get there early…and watch the Dairy Festival Contestants compete in the milking contest at 3:00, then make your way over to the ice cream freeze off! If you have never been, here’s how it works…contestants make freezers of their favorite homemade ice cream.  The set it up on the tables and serve it to the public.  In the meantime, the judges are tasting and determining the winners.  You get the chance to judge too…we also award a People’s Choice Award.  When you get your bowl and spoon ($3) you will also receive a people’s choice ballot.  After you have tasted all the ice cream you can, you may vote on your favorite!  The ballot box is near the sound stage!  We tally the votes and award a prize to the winner!

If you would like more information, please call 903-885-6515.  It’s not too late to enter…just fill out a form and make some ice cream…it’s free to enter!!!


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

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.


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.


Ribbon Cutting for Splash Kingdom, June 20th from 5:00-7:00pm

Splash Kingdom is now open in Greenville and we will be hosting their ribbon cutting June 20th from 5:00-7:00pm.  They are located on I-30 in Greenville.  This is a fabulous new water park and we hope everyone can join us as we celebrate their grand opening and ribbon cutting!


Ribbon Cutting for Foster’s Place Restaurant, June 24th at 7:00pm

Please join us as we welcome Foster’s Place Restaurant to the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce as we host their ribbon cutting on June 24th at 7:00pm.  If you have never made it to Pickton to enjoy a delicious meal, great music, outdoor seating and the largest selection of beer in East Texas, now is the time to go!  They are located on Hwy 11, just past the Pickton sign.


Affiliated Driving School, Tuesday, July 19th at the Senior Citizen’s Center

Karon Weatherman is offering an Affiliated Driving School at the Senior Citizen’s Center on Tuesday, July 19th. The class is good for ticket dismissal and/or 10% off of your liability insurance. The discount is good for 3 years.     The cost of the class is $15.00 for Insurance Discount or $25 for Ticket Dismissal.  Call 903-885-1661.


We would like to welcome the newest members to the Chamber of Commerce:


421 E. Industrial Dr., Ste. 209

Sulphur Springs, TX  75482


Ashley Simpson, Supervisor

Nutrition Program



712 Bell Street

Sulphur Springs, TX  75482


Bethany Ferrall, Owner

Web Solutions



208 Connally Street

Sulphur Springs, TX  75482

Al Perez, Owner



So I guess…That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!