by Meredith Caddell
Dairy Festival Coronation Pageant, Sat., June 18, Civic Center Auditorium
The 2016 Dairy Festival Coronation Pageant will be held Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center Auditorium. The Queen candidates will be presented and one of the beautiful young ladies will be crowned 2016 Dairy Festival Queen. Sidney Dietz, reigning Dairy Festival Queen, will be there to perform and be presented as she completes her year of representing or City and County. She has done an amazing job and we have been truly blessed to have her represent us. This Coronation will be the first event in the newly remodeled Civic Center Auditorium. It is amazing, and so will be the Coronation. Please make plans to attend.
Dairy Festival Ribbon Cutting and Kick Off was a huge success.
Thank everyone who joined on the square Friday, June 10 for the kick off and ribbon cutting for the dairy festival. The queen contestants for 2016 were there to meet and greet everyone as well as the balloon pilots and organizers of this amazing week-long event. Sidney Dietz, our reigning Dairy Festival Queen for 2015 was present for her last official appearance before she takes her final walk down the run-way and gives her crown to the new queen. She was recognized and commended for the excellent work that she had done and how she personified a “Queen” She has attended all the Chamber functions as well as many other appearances and has surely represented Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County well. The coronation of the 2016 queen will be Saturday, June 21, in the auditorium at the Civic Center at 7:00 p.m. This will be the first event in the newly refurbished auditorium. This is a must to see.
The Homemade Ice Cream Freeze Off- Sat., June 11th at the Civic Center grounds was fantastic!
For $3 a person over 700 people enjoyed the all-you-can-eat homemade ice cream, from over 50 different varieties of flavors. The 2016 World Champion Ice Cream Freeze-Off Champion is Henry Penson with his Pecan Pie Ice Cream. Second place Super Scoop winner was Tony Cotton serving Black Cherry Walnut. Chocolate won the Big Dip Plain category for Carlie Penson. Tony Cotton won 2nd – Vanilla, and Bill & Beverly Owens took 3rd– Vanilla. Big Dip Fruit winners were: Linda Henton, 1st Place – strawberry; 2nd Place – Wesley Patrick – strawberry; 3rd Place- Carlie Penson – Banana. Winners for Big Dip – Novelty Fruit were:
1st Place – Henry Penson – Key Lime Cheesecake; 2nd Place – Melissa Fouse – Tutti Fruitti; and 3rd Place – Tonya Ross -Hawaiian Sunrise. Big Dip Novelty Other winners were as follows: 1st Place – The Smiley Tooth – Fruity Pebbles; 2nd Place – Chris Allen -Inside-Out-Cookies-n-Cream; 3rd Place Monte – Reese’s Peanut Butter. Little Dip Plain winners were: 1st Place – Slayton McClendon – Creamy Vanilla; 2nd Place – Kyrsten
Allen – Vanilla. Little Dip Fruit winners were: 1st Place – Addison Bowers – Banana; 2nd Place – Kyleigh Allen – Blackberry. Little Dip Novelty: 1st Place – Machelle Allen – Peanut Butter Nutty Bar, 2nd Place – Faith Watkins – Butterfinger Blitz, and 3rd Place – Hattie Thompson – Oreo Birthday Cake. First Timers’ Winners – Mendy Bentley – The Chanler Salons – Butterfinger, 2nd Place – Sharon Sink – Fruited, and 3rd Place – Michael Robinson – Interstate Body Shop, Rocky Road. Winner’s Choice is selected by the fans. Everyone receives one ballot when they buy his/her cup. Every person votes for the ice cream of their choice. This year’s Winner’s Choice Award goes to The Smiley Tooth with Fruity Pebbles. Each winner receives a trophy, a cash prize, and 1st Place winners receive an ice cream freezer. Congratulations to everyone who participated. Everyone’s ice cream was delicious!
Up, up and away… 57th Annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival’s Balloon Rally and 5k Milk Run
Thanks to everyone who entered the 5K Milk Run, whose mission is 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.
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.
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!
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cuttings & Connally Street Bash, Tuesday, June 28, 4:30 – until for Al’s Diner, Celebration Antiques, Inc., and the Potato House.
There will be food, drinks, live entertainment by Enola Gay, Jeff Redding, J. C. Reed, Pitty Pat and a few surprises beginning at 4:30 for the Ribbon Cutting for The Potato House 204 Main. At 5:00 we will move to Celebration Antiques 210 Main, for a Ribbon Cutting and music by Pitty Pat and Enola Gay. At 5:30 Al’s Diner, 204 Main, will entertain us with delicious food and drinks and entertainment by Enola Gay, KSST; Jeff Redding, JR Services, and J.C. Reed, Hopkins County County Junior IDD as we have Al’s ribbon cutting. This will be a fun evening and everyone needs to mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 28.
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.