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Good Neighbor Days scheduled for May 31-June 3

Main Street in Roberts fills up every year for the Good Neighbor Days cars show, will be held on Saturday, June 2. Jordan Willi / Rivertown Multimedia

The 2018 Roberts Good Neighbor Days festival will kick off with the Community Appreciation Dinner and Good Neighbor Award presentation at Roberts Community Park at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31. The festival goes through Sunday, June 3.

"What to look forward to: great food, drink, music, seeing the new royalty crowned and who will be the Good Neighbor of the Year. Most of all, taking time to reconnect with your friends and family at the Roberts Community Park," said Good Neighbor Days co-chair Geno Hanson.

The festival will continue on Friday with the tractor pull and slow pitch softball tournament, in addition to the pair of musical acts that will take the stage Friday night.

"Most of this year's bands will have a local flavor. The music starts on Thursday night with the awesome St. Croix Central High School band. Friday night will start off with Boston Haas, a very talented local band ... then Boondoggle returns to Good Neighbor Days. These two bands will deliver great music and fun to the Good Neighbor Days Crowd," Hanson said. "Saturday night will bring regional music as Jonah and the Whales play Good Neighbor Days for the first time, along with the Phantom Fireworks Display at dusk. Sunday music will wrap up with the Hunyuks and Friends."

According to Hanson, new this year will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at SCC Elementary 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and a food trailer will be added at the tractor and truck pulls as well as the demolition derby.

"The Good Neighbor Days tractor pull, demo derby, car show and truck pull always deliver great entertainment," Hanson said. "Along with the carnival, kiddie parade, kiddie peddle tractor pull, 4-H activities there is something for every age group and interest. Let's not forget about the Grand Parade on Sunday, tons of fun."

Hansen also wanted to advise anyone who hasn't been to Good Neighbor Days before that all money raised by the Roberts Lions and the other non-profit groups goes towards community projects and groups.

"You can have a really great time and help your community at the same time, how cool is that?" Hanson said.

For updates and more information on the festival, visit the Roberts Lions Club on Facebook or go to robertslionsclub.com.

If you go....

Thursday, May 31

5:30 p.m. — Community Appreciation Dinner at the park

5:30 p.m. — Good Neighbor Award / SCC HS school band

Friday, June 1

7 p.m. — Tractor pull

7 p.m. — Slow pitch softball tournament

7 p.m. — Music by Boston Haas

9 p.m. — Music by Boondoggle

Saturday, June 2

8 a.m.-2 p.m. — Youth basketball tournament

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Car show on Main Street

8:30 a.m. — GND 5K & Fun Run starts at elementary school

11 a.m. — Kiddie parade - Division Street in front of school

5 p.m. — Truck pull

6 p.m. — Royal Ambassador Pageant at elementary school

8:30 p.m. — Music by Jonah & The Whales

At dusk — Fireworks

Sunday, June 3

9 a.m. — Ecumenical church service in the park

11 a.m. — Grand parade

3 p.m. — Music by the Hunyuks & Friends

2:30 p.m. — Demolition derby

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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