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Chamber Connection

We have a Stew deadline looking us in the eyeballs! Sept. 13 is the last day for cooks to enter and keep your stew site from 2018. All unreserved sites will be open to new cooks at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Forms have been mailed out, but if you need them, all forms are on our website at www.hopkinschamber.org, and we have them at the Chamber. 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! The Stew Contest will be here before we know it!

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!

The Chamber is currently accepting vendors for the Stew Fest Market, which will be located 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 interested in purchasing booth space, call the Chamber of Commerce at 903-885-6515.

I have some more very exciting news! The Chamber of Commerce is currently selling our 2019 Hopkins County Christmas ornament. This ornament is the second of our series and features our beautiful Buford Park, the 50th anniversary Stew Contest and beautiful oak trees under a starry sky. It is dated with the year, made with 24 karat gold, shatterproof and very limited in number. They are quite beautiful and the perfect addition to a rare collection. They are $40 each and literally flying out the door. If you would like to purchase one, please call the Chamber at 903-885-6515 or come by soon.

ECHO PUBLISHING OFFERS STEW BANNER PROMOTION

Attention all Stew Contest cooks, Stew Fest Market participants and all those who just like to eat stew: Echo Print and Design is offering 20% off plus free design on all vinyl banners now through Oct. 18. Call Echo at 903-885-0861 or stop by 401 Church St., Suite A in Sulphur Springs.

MAIN STREET THEATER PRESENTS GREATER TUNA

The Main Street Theater Community Players Presents Greater Tuna on two upcoming weekends. The first weekend is Sept. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on the 8th. The second weekend of performances will be Sept. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance on the 15th at 2 p.m. Online reservations can be made at www.communityplayersinc.com or by calling 903-885-0107. Main Street Theater is at 225 Main St. in Sulphur Springs.

ACCENTS AND ACCESSORIES TO HOST RIBBON CUTTING

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 CELEBRATING THE BIG 30!

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!

HOPE FAMILY FELLOWSHIP SCHEDULES HERO DAY LUNCH

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Hope Family Fellowship in Sulphur Springs is hosting a Hero Day lunch for all police officers, fire personnel and first responders. They will serve 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall. Hope Family Fellowship is at 434 Jefferson St. east in Sulphur Springs.

MAGIC SCOOP IS GROWING

Magic Scoop is excited to host a ribbon cutting celebration for their new drive-through location at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. The drive-through is at 1401 South Broadway St. Come join us to check out the second location for Magic Scoop!

CELEBRATION ANTIQUES HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING

Celebration Antiques, 800 Jefferson St. in Sulphur Springs, is hosting a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, Sept. 13 at noon. Please make plans to attend!

REPUBLICAN PARTY HOSTS OLD TIME POLITICAL RALLY

The Hopkins County Republican Party is hosting an Old Time Political Rally on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center in Sulphur Springs at 6 p.m. Make plans to enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, homemade ice cream and speakers galore! Tickets are $5 per person or $10 for a family of five. Tickets need to be purchased in advanced. For more information visit www.hopkinscountygop.org.

RIBBON CUTTING FOR HAPPILY EVER AFTER, 4-J’S BODY SHOP

Happily Ever After and 4-J’s Body Shop are hosting a double ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, Sept. 19 at noon. They are at 4411 State Highway 19 north in Sulphur Springs. Please make plans to join us!

CHAFFER’S PLACE PRESENTS MONTHLY CONCERT

Chaffer’s Place, 410 Main St. in Sulphur Springs, is hosting a live concert called Paying Tribute to Chaka Khan. The concert will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, and doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This includes dinner and a show! For more information call 470-848-2246 or visit www.ckproductions.info. Chaffer’s Place also offers live music every Friday and Saturday night.

QUILT GUILD HOSTS ANNUAL QUILT SHOW

The Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild is hosting their annual quilt show at 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 at 115 Putman 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 six for $5 for the 2019 Raffle Quilt called “Tessalla.” For more information, visit www.SulphurSpringsTxQuilts.com.

DBA SPONSORS BRICK STREET VINTAGE MARKET

The Downtown Business Alliance is sponsoring a Brick Street Vintage Market 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 TO HOST TOWN HALL

Senator Bob Hall will be hosting an 86th Legislative Session Town Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The Town Hall meeting will be at the Hopkins County Courthouse.

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS HOSTS ANNUAL LEAP CONFERENCE

Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas is hosting its annual LEAP (Learning Endorsements and Professions) Youth Expo on Friday, Oct. 4. This event is very much like a job fair but is geared to educate eighth graders and help guide them as they make their endorsement selections heading into high school. Workforce Solutions is seeking a wide variety of companies and businesses to attend the LEAP Youth Expo to describe your business and expose eighth graders to all career avenues after graduation. Since students now choose their high school endorsements while in eighth grade, the Expo is perfect for them. Over the past two years, they’ve had difficulty getting a veterinarian, doctor, dentist, orthodontist, pilot, author, artist, musician, architect, and sports/personal trainer. Please consider attending this Expo and taking visuals and information to give away. They will be so thankful to have you there! Please call Bart Spivy at 903-794-9490 ext. 513 with any questions.