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Hopkins County Courthouse celebrating 120 years

Hopkins County Courthouse celebrating 120 year Anniversary Aug. 21-22.
Cindy Roller
Cooper Review

The celebrating expands from just the City of Sulphur Springs to Hopkins County as the historic Hopkins County Courthouse is the heart of the 120th Anniversary beginning on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. through midnight on Saturday, Aug. 22.

"August 22 will be 120 years. It should be great," said Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom. "The rededication will be at 6 p.m. with lots of activities in and out of the Courthouse."

The Courthouse rededication will include a variety of activities. Tours and lectures on Courthouse architect James Reily Gordon by author Chris Meister will be conducted on Friday.

An art and historic photo gallery will be on display for visitors. Friday evening will conclude with a free showing of The Alamo featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid on the inflatable screen. There will also be an evening historical walking tour by local historian John Sellers for $20. The tour participation is limited so make reservations early with organizer Adam Teer at 903.885.8071.

Playing on Celebration Plaza on Friday, Aug. 21 in honor of Hopkins County Courthouse celebration of 120 year Anniversary.
Credit Cindy Roller
Playing on Celebration Plaza on Friday, Aug. 21 in honor of Hopkins County Courthouse celebration of 120 year Anniversary.

Saturday’s excitement commences with the City of Sulphur Springs Community Development department’s Instagram scavenger hunt at noon at the Courthouse. Cash prizes of $250 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third will be given away. Participants must have access to Instagram. This fun adventure will send contestants seeking out quiz answers in the form of photos from around Celebration Plaza from the Courthouse to the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial to the Glass Bathrooms and more using a special hastag to enter.

The historic Courthouse will be filled with pleasant tunes as an acoustic jam session will be held inside from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. just before the official rededication of the building. According to Teer musicians are invited to bring his/her fiddle, guitar, banjo or any other acoustic instrument.

Artists are encouraged to compete to draw using any artistic means to depict the Hopkins County Courthouse and its long prosperous history. Set up begins downtown at 4 p.m. with judging at 6 p.m. Top trio of entries receives cash awards same as the Instagram contest. Winners announced at 7 p.m.

Step back in time with a Pistoleros shootout on during Celebration Market from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. At 10 p.m. the showing of “Love Me Tender” on the inflatable screen will end the event. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening under the East Texas stars on Celebration Plaza.

For more information contact Adam Teer at 903.885.8071. Find the event on Facebook at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1101793886515523/

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