Hopkins County Stew
By Billy Sam Elliott | Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce
MN Home Decor & Accessories
The Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club recently held a ribbon cutting for MN Home Decor & Accessories, located at 400 South Davis Street. The business is owned by Mary Neal. Those attending the event included Chamber Chairman elect David Brewer, Ambassador LaWanda Simmons and baby daughter, Ambassador Annada Jones, Mary Neal, the Rev. Barris Sims, and Chamber Ambassadors Cecile Blount and Kim Holloway.
Photo Courtesy of Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

Adult Leadership sign-up

Anyone interested in registering for the 2006 Adult Leadership Sulphur Springs training sponsored by the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce should call class facilitator Lynda Hager at 903-885-3193 or the Chamber office at 903-885-6515 for an application. Leadership Sulphur Springs is a nine-month class meeting one day per month which educates the participant about local government, county government, hospital issues and a variety of quality of life issues in our community. To participate, you must have lived or worked in Hopkins County for one year, have demonstrated a concern for the community, possess high standards of personal quality and integrity, be willing to commit the time required for the program and have the endorsment of your employer to indicate no objection to taking the time away from work. Tuition for the course is $350.

Horse Committee Open House

The Chamber sponsored Northeast Texas Horse Committee is hosting an “Open House” on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 6 p.m.until 8 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. This committee has become quite active in the promotion of our county to the nation’s equine industry. Promotional activities to date include a full-color brochure highlighting equine products and services available in our area, advertising in several national publications including “The Quarter Horse News,” the “Pacific Coast Journal,” and “Texas Horse Talk” magazine, along with feature articles in “Texas Thoroughbred” and “Bloodhorse” magazines. Multiple numbers of families engaged in the equine industry from across America have moved to our county and the Northeast Texas area as a result of this concentrated advertising campaign, and evidence of “word of mouth” advertising has been noted at equine events across the country. Additionally, this committee held a very successful barrel race at our Civic Center last fall, with over 150 entries, including NFR Barrel Race winner Kelly Kaminski. The total purse for this competition was $9,000. In March of this year, the committee participated in the filming of a national television series, “The Best of America By Horseback,” which aired in July on RFD-TV. The event highlighted the equestrian trails and facilities at Cooper Lake State Park.

The horse committee is presently considering several other events to draw attention to the local area, including: a three-day barrel race; a “ranch versatility” event; equine presentations during Kids Safe Saturday; clinics on various equine topics using local and national personalities; a three-day equine exposition featuring nationally known clinicians; and a membership directory to be distributed throughout the community as well as to inquiries from outside the community.

Back to the committee’s “Open House”... anyone who is interested in or loves horses, or is in a business which would benefit from equine breeders, is encouraged to attend this open house and be educated to the possibilities which may be beneficial to their economic well-being. This would include any business owner/operator in Hopkins County, whether horse related or not, because when these folks come to town to participate in the frequent horse events held at the Civic Center, or other private arenas in the county, they and their families usually spend a couple of days here, go shopping, dine out, purchase fuel, etc., bringing with them good, clean “outside” money to spend with us.

Also, whether or not you own a horse, you are invited to come and be educated about the enjoyment one can derive by being a horse owner. Again, the “Open House” is set for Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Admission is free.

New members

The Chamber Ambassador Club recently held ribbon cuttings for several businesses including CKS Security of Mount Pleasant; Furr’s Cafeteria; and MN Home Accessories at 400 South Davis St. Upcoming ribbon cutting events include a Grand Opening for the new location of Mike Gilmer’s Tire Town at the corner of Gilmer Street and Oak Avenue at 11 a.m Friday, Aug. 12. Then, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, a ribbon cutting will be held for the newly remodeled Whataburger, 117 Shannon Road. Jade Webster is the owner.

Stew Contest update

There are already over 30 teams registered for the 35th annual “World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest,” which is set for Saturday, Sept. 17. Deadline for securing last year’s stew site is Aug. 26. After that date, anyone wishing to change stew sites or any new cooking teams can stop by the Chamber and select another site, first come, first served. And don’t forget the second annual “Great Duck Race” which will take place immediately following the stew contest on the Civic Center “Aquaduck.” Locations for purchasing a duck for the race will be announced in the near future. Ducks will again be available for $5 apiece, with the prize money set again at $500 for the winning duck, $250 for the second place duck, $100 for third place and $50 for the “lame duck” which finishes last.

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