2014 Hawkins Oil Festival: Call for Vendors, Parade and Car Show participants

Hawkins Oil Festival – 2014 is October 11th

The theme is Hawkins Celebrates Texas Culture

The Hawkins Oil Festival is a day of fun for the entire family. Traditionally held the Second Saturday in October, the event starts with a 5K run, continues with a classic car show, old-fashioned parade and outdoor festival with food, live entertainment, arts and crafts. The event  concludes that evening with a street dance in the pavilion. Mark your calendar and join us for the fun.

Community Participation is key to the success of this event.

Vendor Booths are available now Download an application here: HAWKINS_OIL_FESTIVAL_Application_2014

To participate in the Parade contact the Chamber office at 903-769-

To participate in the CNB Classic Car Show, contact Janet Gage at CNB Hawkins.

Entertainment has really stepped up this year. Performing at the Festival is:

Rafael Espinoza – Something hot and fresh out of the kitchen, Rafael Espinoza is taking the music world by storm performing original music that is deeply rooted in the Blues. He is making a path for himself with a sound all his own that can’t be pigeon-holed. Graduating with Academic Honors “Magna Cum Laude” at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in August 2013, Rafael studied with the top professionals in the music industry and performed at some of Boston’s finest venues. Along with his Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music, Rafael’s most recent achievements include participating in the opening performance for Country Music Legend Willie Nelson at Boston University’s Agannis Arena during Berklee’s Commencement Concert. Rafael Espinoza also recently won The Heart Of Texas Blues Challenge at Antone’s in Austin, TX where he competed against the state’s Top Blues Bands. “You Better Hang Onto Something, Cause This Texas Hurricane’s About To Blow Through Your Town.” – Rafael Espinoza: “The Texas Hurricane” http://www.rafaelespinozamusic.com/bio


The Bigsbys  www.bigsbysband.com Biography: Good Will Suitcase, the new record from The Bigsbys, is set to release in Spring 2014. The Bigsbys play original roots rock music. It’s muddy and blue with a soul-filled center. Gritty, yet easy on the ears… The Bigsbys toured 9 states and counting in support of their True Story album on top of a full-time Texas schedule. The Bigsbys are Alex Smith(Guitar/Lead Vocals), Brad Hobson(Lead Guitar/Vocals), Russell McClendon (Bass) and Nick Odom is featured on drums.


Shinebox - What do you get when you take three of the best musicians in the Ark-La-Tex (Donny Hyles – Bass & Vocals; Eric Dobbins – Guitar & Vocals; Marty Arbter – Drums & Vocals) and put them together? Started in 2002, Shinebox has been rocking the Ark-La-Tex for 10 plus years. A versatile band, Shinebox can go from Blues to Rock to Country, and everything in between.


Stefan Cotter and the Rastabillys – Cotter was born in 1986 in Morgantown, WV. He has been playing music since 1995 when his father handed him a trumpet and taught him to read music. Stefan received his first guitar in 1998 and has been playing in bands since 2000. He studied Classical/Jazz Guitar Performance at West Virginia University for 6 years before moving to Tyler, TX in 2010. Jacksonville, Texas native and Rastabilly drummer, Jakeb Ham, is an educated and trained musician. A teacher of the arts, Jakeb has played in bands and toured extensively throughout Texas and the Southwest in the past. Groovemeister bassist, Cam Holley, and percussionist Shane Swan round out this most deliciously tight rhythm section. The band rocks! In Texas, Stefan & The Rastabillys have opened for Uncle Lucius, Ray Wylie Hubbard, JB and The Moonshine Band, The Greyhounds, The Effinayes, and have performed at a wide range of venues, including: Stanleys BBQ, Fresh, The Coffin Shop, Tara Winery, Fast Freddies, The Barn, Hotel Fredonia, Red Goose Saloon, Villages Marina Clicks, and many others. www.stefancotter.com





Meeting Monday September 8th at 5:30 pm

Please join us for the next Chamber meeting Monday, September 8th at 5:30 pm at the Hawkins Community Center.

On the agenda is the Oil Festival and upcoming officer elections. You don’t want to miss this one!


Meeting, Monday June 2 at 5:30 pm


Winona Chamber Invites everyone to 2nd Annual Car Show

The Winona Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the Hawkins Area to attend their 2nd Annual  Spring Fling April 26th 9am – 4pm with car Show from 9am – 2:30pm.

There will be keroke, door prizes, food and drinks

Car show and booth entry fee – $25

Registration call 903-806-6751 or visit http://www.winonaareachamberofcommerce.com



Meeting, Monday April 7th at 5:30pm

Please join us for the regular monthly membership meeting, Monday, April 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Hawkins Community Center on Lynch Street.

See you there!


First Chamber meeting of the year!

Monday January 6th is the first Monday of the month and the new year, so it’s time for the Hawkins Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting at 5:30pm at the Community Center in Hawkins.

Items to be discussed include the Chamber Banquet and new business for 2014.

See you there!