Celebrations, expansions load up for fall season


Chamber Connection

The 50th anniversary of Stew Contest will be here before we know it! Cooks have begun reserving their spots, and it’s going to be quite a celebration.

Just so you know, cook letters and entry forms have been mailed out. Your letter, if you cooked last year, should have arrived in the mail; however, if you need them, all forms are on our website at www.hopkinschamber.org, and we have them at the Chamber office. So, all of you cooks who have gone into retirement, I have a spot for you! I’d love for you to cook one more time in this 50th anniversary! Friday,Sept. 13 is the last day to enter and keep your stew site from 2018. All unreserved sites will be open to new cooks on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 a.m.

We are also looking for judges for the Stew Contest. If you are interested in judging, please give us a call here at the Chamber, 903-885-6515. This would be a great year to judge!

Every year, the Chamber allows a non-profit organization to sell drinks at the Stew Cook-off. There are several rules and regulations to follow, but if you are interested in placing your organization’s name in the hat, please call the Chamber. You will be asked to come in and sign an understanding agreement in regard to rules and expectations. Deadline for volunteers is Friday, Aug. 30. Once we have all our volunteers in place, we will literally pick one out of a hat and award drink sales to that organization. Please call if you have any questions.

The Chamber is currently accepting vendors for the Stew Fest Market, which will be on the south side of Buford Park during Friday night and Saturday Stew Contest activities. This is a great opportunity to sell goods or to promote your business to 7,000 people who attend the Stew Contest annually. Vendors may rent booth space to sell goods or distribute information about their business. Booths will be assigned on a first-paid basis. Access to electricity is not guaranteed. Generators are permitted. Desserts may be sold, but no other food or drinks may be distributed. Vendors who are interested in purchasing booth space, call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.

We are more than halfway through the fourth annual Chamber of Commerce Photography Contest! Let me review the basics: Anyone of any age can enter as we have a children’s category. The picture must be newer than Jan. 1, 2017 and must have been taken in Hopkins County. The contest will be open Aug. 1-31. There are seven categories: Natural World, Travel, People, The Hopkins County Experience, Altered Images, Mobile and Children’s Category. Only digital images are accepted (no prints). To submit your photograph, email the picture to Lezley@HopkinsChamber.org. Rules and releases will be available on the Chamber of Commerce website.



Dixon & Dixon Insurance is under new ownership and has scheduled a ribbon cutting celebration. It will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon. Please make plans to join us at 322 Gilmer St. in Sulphur Springs.



Accents and Accessories, 8857 North FM 17 in Yantis, has scheduled their ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, Sept. 6 at noon. Please make plans to welcome this new business to the area.


Big Smith’s BBQ and Catfish is hosting a Business After Hours to celebrate 30 years of operation in Hopkins County! This anniversary celebration is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Grab your friends and co-workers and head out to this big celebration!


Magic Scoop is excited to host a ribbon cutting celebration for their new drive-through location! The drive-through is at 1401 South Broadway St. Come join us to check out the second location for Magic Scoop!


The Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild is hosting their annual quilt show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The show will be held at The ROC, 115 Putnam St. in Sulphur Springs. Quilt show admission is $5, and children under 12 are free. In addition, raffle tickets are available at $1 per ticket or 6 for $5 for the 2019 Raffle Quilt called “Tessalla.” For more information, visit www.SulphurSpringsTxQuilts.com.


The Downtown Business Alliance is sponsoring a Brick Street Vintage Market at 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. It will be downtown on Connally and Gilmer streets. Many local and out-of-town vendors and businesses will be here participating as wineries, galleries, antiques, fashion boutiques, homemade ice cream, kitchen items, restaurants and even more. You don’t want to miss this!


Senator Bob Hall will be hosting an 86th Legislative Session Town Hall at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The Town Hall meeting will be held at the Hopkins County Courthouse.