Contribution benefits Buffalo Festival _lowres

Photo provided by Shelly Dupre -- Berry Balfour, left, AT&T external affairs manager, presented a $2,500 contribution to Mayor Harold Rideau on Sept. 23 in support of the annual Baker Buffalo Festival held Sept. 24-26.

On Sept. 23, just prior to the start of the Baker Buffalo Festival held Sept. 24-25, AT&T made a $2,500 contribution. Since 1981, the festival has raised money for Baker schools while aiming to increase tourism and community involvement.

Schools, students, families, organizations and businesses come out for a buffalo wing cook-off, the Running of the Buffaloes, a 5K run and walk held at BREC’s Greenwood Park, a talent show, spelling bee, art contest, beauty pageant, pony rides, an inflatable obstacle course and plenty of children’s activities and games, as well as music by area bands.

“Putting on this annual festival provides a fun, family-friendly event for our city but also provides an opportunity for community and educational services,” Baker Mayor Harold Rideau said.

Law enforcement and first responders attend each year in an effort to educate families about fire safety, proper installation of child-safety seats and other personal welfare related topics.