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Wind and torrential rains threatened to put a damper on the grand opening celebration of Merchants & Farmers Bank's newest location in Vinton, but the recent event went off without a hitch.

The downpour stopped long enough for nearly 100 guests to arrive and enjoy the music of Raymond T. & French Bred as well as delicious boudin, sausages, and specialties from Insane Sausages.

West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce officials were on hand to welcome Merchants & Farmers board members and staff to their temporary location at the corner of Highway 90 and Fancher Street.

According to Merchants & Farmers President/CEO Ken Hughes, "Our bank is proud to become a part of the Vinton community. We see great things on the horizon for Vinton and we are here to lend our support."

"Throughout our 90-year history," explained Hughes, "we've remained a community bank focused on building relationships and facilitating local growth. We hope to continue that tradition here."

Felicia Burke, manager of the new location, also spoke and recognized the staff during the informal, indoor ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Vinton becomes Merchants & Farmers eighth full-service location in seven cities and was among the first Louisiana banks to establish online banking.

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