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Pittsburg-Camp Chamber News

Greetings, from the Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce!

A record-breaking 46.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day Holiday, an increase of more than five percent compared with last year, according to the AAA. Don’t get bogged down in traffic in the big city! Instead, stay local and enjoy the Fourth of July at Broach Park as we celebrate with the Tri-County Independence Day Blast!

Remember to come hungry! While activities for the children will begin at 6:30 pm, we invite you to arrive as early as 5:00 pm to enjoy a delicious “ballpark” dinner, offered at the concession stand. Foot long hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and extra-large nacho trays are all available for sale. Also, we’ll have sodas, snow cones, and ice-cold slices of watermelon.

At approximately 8:15 pm, a plane will fly over Broach Park and several parachuters, including Mayor Shawn Kennington, will drop in on us to determine this year’s $1,000 Parachute Bingo Winner. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. We are selling only 2,196 tickets. That’s pretty good odds!

Be sure to check out our Facebook Page (Pittsburg Chamber) to see an interview with Mayor Kennington. He shares his thoughts the parachute jump he will do on July 4, If we sell all of the tickets. We’re less than one week out. Buy your tickets TODAY at one of the following businesses: City Hall, Big Earl’s, Guaranty Bond Bank, Mayben’s, Pilgrim Bank (downtown & Brookshire’s branch), Texas Country Farm Supply, Pittsburg Insurance, Benny’s Smokin BBQ, Rustville Essentials Soap Shop, Ma’s Café at the Leesburg Store, Anvil Brewing, and Wallace Law Firm. The fireworks will begin at dark. It is a night you and your family won’t forget for years to come.

We are also in need of golf carts and ATVs that evening. Volunteers will be driving through the crowds selling parachute bingo tickets, water, and glow sticks. If you would like to volunteer to cell Parachute Bingo tickets or you have a vehicle your willing to loan us contact the Chamber at 903-856-3442.

We want to thank once again our sponsors who have made this year’s fireworks show possible for the Tri-County Independence Day Blast!


This year the City of Pittsburg is hosting a new event, “Pittsburg by Candlelight.” It is a walking tour of three homes. The Heath Home, the Abernathy House, and the Holman House, as well as the farmstead museum and the Methodist Church, are on tour. The event will be on December 8 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The City is anticipating several hundred people participating in the tour.

At this time, the Pittsburg by Candlelight planning committee is recruiting volunteers to work the night of the event. Volunteers who work get to take the tour of the homes the Thursday night prior for free, so they won’t miss out by working.

We need people to be at a tent outside each home and check in each guest by stamping their tour book. People helping inside the homes answer questions and give info about the house. They can go ahead of time and work with the owner to learn about the house. People inside the homes/museum also help serve light refreshments.

If you are unable to volunteer the night of the event, volunteers will be needed ahead of time to help decorate the homes. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Niecy Baum at 903-856-3621. You are also invited to attend our next planning meeting on July 11 at 7:00 pm at the Pittsburg Police Station.

The camping grounds at Bob Sandlin State Park will be closed July 9 through Labor Day so that staff can make needed repairs. The rest of the Park will remain open so you will still have access to the boat ramp, playground, fishing pier, and pavilions. For more information, please contact the Park at 903-572-5531.

The Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Services Committee is currently holding a Fan Drive. We give fans to seniors and others without air conditioning. Please bring a new box fan to Southern Wind Assisted Living, Pittsburg Nursing Center or God’s Closet. For questions, please contact Courtney Grigsby at 903-563-1608.

Upcoming Events:
Do you have a next event that you would like featured in the weekly newsletter or our Facebook page (Pittsburg Chamber)? Please email your information to or call Facebook Administrator Tammy Heckenberg at 903-434-2565.

Emmanuel Baptist Church is hosting a blood drive from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm Sunday, July 15, at 831 Texas Loop 179 in Pittsburg. It is in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Zach Tomlinson at (903) 856-3411.

Bob Sandlin State Park is offering “Reading with a Ranger” on Thursday’s at 10:00 am in their day use area. It is a free event for children 12 and under and runs through August 23.

Who doesn’t love fresh veggies and fruits this time of year? The Pittsburg Farmer’s Market is now open! Support our local farmers on Saturday’s from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm at Texas Country Farm Supply.