The Little Town that's Big on Life
It's the best of both worlds. Here in the gently rolling hills of northeast Texas' lake country, you'll find all the neighborly charm and security of rural life, yet most of the attractions that draw people to larger cities. Welcome to Sulphur Springs!
Sulphur Springs hosts several annual events that draw visitors from miles around. The largest is our five-day Fall Festival and County Fair in September, where young and old alike delight to arts and crafts shows, carnival rides, games, a wildly popular stew cooking contest, and a concert by nationally known entertainers.
A two-day Folk Festival in May takes visitors back to the 19th century rural America, complete with authentic costumes, blacksmith demonstrations, corn grinding, soap making and a variety of wood crafts.
The Hopkins County Dairy Festival in June follows a week-long carnival and features the annual Homemade Ice Cream Contest, a street dance and a parade.
We celebrate Independence Day the old-fashioned way with hot dogs, lemonade and a concert on Heritage Square followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the historic Hopkins County Courthouse.
Year-around, the Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park features a collection of early-day buildings and memorabilia complete with a country store, a post office and a working blacksmith shop. Heritage Park is also the site of the annual Fall Festival as well as Sulphur Spring's Indian Summer Days and Christmas in the Park celebrations.
Our community is proud to feature more than 2,500 acres of public parks, 14 lighted tennis courts, 18 lighted baseball fields, a municipal swimming pool and an 18-hole country club golf course that's open to the public. We also have a youth center, athletic club and a center for senior citizens.
Nordstrom Audco employees and their families enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities around Sulphur Springs -- home base for some of the finest hunting, camping, fishing and water sports anywhere in the state. Cooper Lake State Park, Lake Cypress Springs and a bass fisherman's paradise, the legendary Lake Fork, are each less than half an hour's drive. There's even a small lake right in town.
In Sulphur Springs, you'll find more than 30 churches representing most denominations and a total of 90 churches within Hopkins County.
The Sulphur Springs Independent School District offers a full range of opportunities including general education, college preparatory and vocational training in an atmosphere that encourages personal growth early on. Students begin working with computers in kindergarten, and computer labs are located on each of the district's nine campuses.
Austin, Bowie, Lamar, Houston and Travis Elementary Schools all received Exemplary ratings on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills Test (TAAS).
Sulphur Springs ISD students consistently receive academic and literary awards, recently earning scholarships worth more than $584,000. Our students have also been University Interscholastic League district champions each of the last seven years. During the 1998-1999 school year, nine Sulphur Springs ISD students advanced to UIL's State 4-A Academic Championship.
Sulphur Springs ISD encourages healthy bodies as well, with a wide range of sports from football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball to tennis, track and golf. And, as in many smaller communities, school athletic events are always a chance to meet neighbors and cheer on the local teams.
The Hopkins County Memorial Hospital is affiliated with the Baylor Health Care System. Here, more than 40 physicians offer the area's 30,000 residents many specialties and services normally found only in larger medical centers.
The 100-bed hospital includes a Women's Pavilion that was completed in 1997 and an intensive care wing, which opened in 1998. Hopkins also operates a 24-hour emergency room, a Level IV trauma center and ambulance service.
To learn more about Sulphur Springs and the surrounding area, please check the following web sites:
www.sulphursprings-tx.com and www.dallascvb.com
Map to Sulphur Springs from Dallas.