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Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Connection May 4, 2016



Meredith Cadell
Meredith Cadell

May 5th by Meredith Caddell

Spring Fever Bike Rally Scholarships to be awarded to local High School Seniors.

We are so excited to announce that the Spring Fever Bike Rally is now a scholarship event. All proceeds from the event will be awarded in $1000 increments to graduating Seniors from Hopkins County who either work for, or their mother or father work for a Chamber of Commerce member in good standing. This year, we will award 4-$1000 scholarships! The deadline for the application is May 10th! Please visit our website at www.sulphursprings-tx.com to download the application!


Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Arturo’s Pizza

Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting for Arturo’s Pizza!  Guests were treated to a fabulous sampling of their delicious pizzas, specialty items AND the S’mores pizza along with other desserts from Idzi Bitzy Bakery!  Tina & Art thanked everyone for their support during their transition from their “mobile” pizzeria to their current fabulous location at 221 Main Street!  They are open Tuesday – Saturday!  For more information, please call 903-951-1444.

Arturo's Wood Fired Pizza


Heritage Christian Counseling Hamburger Cookout, May 6th @ 11:00

Please make plans to attend the hamburger cookout benefitting Heritage Christian Counseling Center, Friday, May 6th beginning at 11:00am until sold out!  The cookout is only $5 for a burger, chips, drink and dessert.  To pre-order before May 5th, please call 903-438-9673.  It will take place in the back parking lot of First United Methodist Church between City National Bank and Alliance Bank.  For more information about the Counseling Center, please call Mary at 903-438-6829.


Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for Gourmet Kitchen & Co., Friday, May 6th at 1:30pm

Please join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Gourmet Kitchen & Co., Friday, May 6th at 1:30pm.

This store is a hometown market place for gourmet foods and kitchen gifts, including items like, preserves, jams, jellies, flavored coffees and teas.  They have marinating sauces, rubs, seasonings, soups and dips!  They can make up fabulous gourmet gift baskets for any occasion!  Famous brands they carry are: Sweet Shop USA, San Saba, Blue Cattle Truck Trading Co. and Robert Rothchild Farm.  For more information please call 903-885-9700  or visit the shop at 213 Main Street!


Reds, Whites & Brews, Saturday, May 7th Downtown Sulphur Springs


Treat your Mother to “Bright Lights of Broadway”-NETCS Spring Show-May 7th & 8th at the ROC.

The North East Texas Choral Society presents a spectacular Broadway review. This concert features a brand new venue and a show like they’ve never done before, complete with a new accessibility to our audience and dessert and coffee for all. Join the North East Texas Choral Society for this extraordinary concert, highlighting Broadway favorites, outstanding soloists, and surprises around every corner.  The shows will take place at The ROC, 115 Putman Street in Sulphur Springs, Saturday, May 7th at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 8th at 3pm.


Pioneer Café will be open for Mother’s Day with a full menu & Chicken & Dressing as the Special!


Midnight Riders hosts the 3rd Annual Illness Rally, May 14th

The Midnight Riders will host a poker run, balloon toss, darts, slow race, weenie bite, tennis ball pickup, dunking booth and more.  They will have lots of great food and merchandise vendors, great games and lots of prizes.  Entry for the rally is $10 for one person and $15 for two people.  This year, the rally will benefit Karen Phillips, who is a 60 year old waitress suffering with stage 4 double lung, throat, thyroid and lymph node cancer and Lauren Hill a 26 year old mother of one who has leukemia.  We are trying to help alleviate some of the travel and medical expenses that they incur.  So come on out and have some fun!  The event will be held at Highwayman Ink, 1783 Hwy 19S.  The rally is from 12-midnight.  For more information, email midnightriders_ss@yahoo.com

Dinner Tonight, Healthy Cooking School, Friday, May 20th from 9am-Noon

Are you looking for ways to prepare easy, nutritious, and economical meals for your family?  Then make plans to attend the Healthy Cooking School, Friday, 5/20 from 9am-Noon at the ROC at 115 Putman Street.  You will learn about kitchen gadgets, knife skills, dressing up your table and more.  The cost is $15 if paid by May 9th, which includes cooking demonstrations by count extension agents featuring Chef Lyndsay Caldwell, goody bags, door prizes, recipes, refreshments and exhibits.  For additional information, please call Johanna Hicks at 903-885-3443.


Branded Ranch Rodeo, Saturday, May 21st at the Civic Center

Don’t miss the Branded Ranch Rodeo featuring Bull Riding, Saturday, 5/21!  Free chuckwagon food begins at 3pm and the rodeo starts @ 5pm.  The will have sortin’, brandin’, calf scramble, wild cow milkin’, muggin’, bronc riding and mutton bustin’.  It’s only $5/person with kids under 5 FREE.  All proceeds support Community Seeds.  For more information please visit www.brandedranchrodeo.com.


Twogether in Texas Marriage Education Workshop

The next session will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Extension Office.  The workshop is free and engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license.  Topics covered will be marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, and goals & dreams.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided by local businesses.  Please call 903-885-3443 to reserve seats.


Something NEW for the Ice Cream Freeze Off! Saturday, June 11th @ 4:00pm the Civic Center grounds

Entry forms are available for the 15th Annual Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off at the Chamber of Commerce office at 300 Connally Street.  The event will take place on Saturday, June 11th at 4:00pm at the Civic Center!  Prizes are awarded in four categories: Little Dips (Ages 6-12), Big Dips (Ages 13 and Older) and Super Scoops (Previous first place winners).  Entries will be judged in the following categories: Plain (Chocolate or Vanilla), Fruit (Single Ingredient Fruit) and Novelty (Mixed Ingredients).   This year we are adding a new category…First Timers!  If you have never entered the Ice Cream Contest, but wanted to, now is the time.  We will award 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for the first timers category.  All ice cream, regardless of if it’s plain, fruit or novelty, will be judged together!  So start figuring out your favorite recipe and submit it for entry in the contest.  And, by the way…there is NO ENTRY FEE!!!  For more information, please call 903-885-6515.  You may also download the entry from at www.sulphursprings-tx.com.  Special Prizes will be awarded to entries received prior to June 6th!


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 www.hopkinscountydairyfestival.com

Stonecreek Solutions phone number is 903-886-7378.  It is incorrect in our Membership Directory.

Personal Note:  Thank you for making the past 8 years of my life AMAZING!

As my time as the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce comes to a close, I must take this opportunity to thank each of you for making this journey one of the greatest of my life.  The love, support, encouragement and assistance you have given me & my family over the past 8 years is something I will be grateful for…FOREVER!  I am so proud of the many accomplishments we have reached together and I know the Chamber of Commerce and all of Hopkins County will continue to flourish and be the Bright Shining Star of East Texas.  To each of the Directors, Ambassadors, Volunteers, Business Owners, Media, Participants, Residents and Guests that I have met through the Chamber of Commerce, please know how much I value our relationships.  I am truly blessed beyond measure!  To my family-Jake, Ryder, Addison and Mom…thank you for being there for me NO MATTER what!  This career I chose would not have been possible without your love and support!


I am so excited to embark on my new journey as Executive Director of the Healthcare Foundation for our hospital.  This is going to give me an incredible opportunity to continue to stay in the midst of all the happenings in Hopkins County, while working to support the hospital while it strives to provide the best healthcare in our area.

My last request…please continue to support the Chamber of Commerce.  Its mission is to make the community an increasingly better place to work, live and conduct business, and I believe we are on the right track!  The more you are involved, the better the Chamber will be!

Once again…from the bottom of my heart…THANK YOU!

That’s all for now…have a GREAT week!