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Front Page September 21, 2010  RSS feed

Stampede draws community together

by Vanessa Goodwyn

Buffalo Police Chief Lance Pavelka was a good sport during his long,wet turn in the dunking booth at the Stampede. . . Buffalo Police Chief Lance Pavelka was a good sport during his long,wet turn in the dunking booth at the Stampede. . . The 2010 Buffalo Stampede, hosted by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, personified some of the best reasons we live here in rural Texas. Blessed with a beautiful early fall weekend, neighbors came together to entertain one another, feed each other, compete for prizes and promote our community. Those who participated know the secret to getting the most out of Small Town Life: get involved.

The face painters from the high school art class had as much fun as the kids they painted. The 4Hers proudly saw folks lined up to enjoy the fruits of their labor -- fried fruit pies. Those who put together an entry for the parade were rewarded with the smiles and waves of many of their neighbors and friends, and saw the delight they gave to the little ones with the simple gift of candy thrown from the window. Runners and walkers in the 5K and Fun Run shared a wonderful sense of accomplishment as they met the challenge they had set for themselves -- and, fast or slow, each was sincerely cheered on by their fellow athletes. Dog owners and owners of the car show entries got a chance to show off their "babies" to folks who really appreciated them. And these are just a few examples. As the kids like to say: It was ALL good.

. . . even when the kids cheated! Van’Go’photos . . . even when the kids cheated! Van’Go’photos Maybe you sat in the dunking booth with a goodnatured smile, like Police Chief Lance Pavelka. Perhaps you sliced barbeque for hours, like Mayor Royce Dawkins. If you baked a pie or cake, donated an item for the auction, or bought one -- you were an important part of the success of the 2010 Buffalo Stampede. Thank you.

Many thanks, too, to the Chamber organizers.

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