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Celebrating 50 years of Good Neighbor Days

Genevieve Vondriska was crowned not only Miss Congeniality, but the Roberts Grand Royal Ambassador for 2014 by 2013 Grand Royal Ambassador Katlyn Delander at the Roberts Royal Ambassador Pageant at SCC Elementary School on Saturday, May 31. Vondriska’s talent was a forensics skit. Gabrielle Henry (left of Vondriska) and Hannah Olsen (far right) were crowned Royal Ambassadors. (Photo by Sarah Young) 1 / 47
A line of people winds its way through the food area at the Roberts Good Neighbor Days community appreciation dinner in the Village Park on Thursday, May 29. The dinner was sponsored by Citizens State Bank in Roberts. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 47
Roberts Royal Ambassador candidate Angel Vermeersch paints Macie Segebrecht’s face at the GND community appreciation dinner on Thursday, May 29. (Photo by Sarah Young) 3 / 47
A man pauses for a moment at the Roberts Good Neighbor Days community appreciation dinner on Thursday, May 29, to read about the 50-year history of the GND celebration. (Photo by Sarah Young) 4 / 47
Charli Jo Nusbaum, one of the seven candidates for the Roberts Junior Royal Ambassador, gets ready to tell a joke as she is introduced at the GND community appreciation dinner on Thursday, May 29, in the Village Park. (Photo by Sarah Young) 5 / 47
The 2013 and 2014 Roberts royalty after the Roberts Royal Ambassador Pageant Saturday, May 31, (Front row, from left): 2014 Junior Royal Ambassador Sienna Bengston, 2013 Junior Royal Ambassador Paige Rudd. (Back row, from left): Grand Royal Ambassador Katlyn Delander (2013), Royal Ambassador Gabrielle Henry (2014), Grand Royal Ambassador Genevieve Vondriska (2014), Royal Ambassador Hannah Olsen (2014) and Royal Ambassador Amber Weber (2013). (Photo by Sarah Young) 6 / 47
Jerry Langness entered his 1937 GMC flatbed pickup in the car show as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 7 / 47
Denise Meyer does a little last-minute touch up on her Blue Plum Pearl 1967 Chevelle Malibu at the car show at the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 8 / 47
Denise Meyer had her Blue Plum Pearl 1967 Chevelle Malibu on display at the car show at the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 9 / 47
Denise Meyer stands behind the words under the hood of her Blue Plum Pearl 1967 Chevelle Malibu on display at the car show at the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 10 / 47
More than 75 vintage cars competed for Best in Show at the car show as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 11 / 47
A fully restored 1932 Ford Sport Coupe was one of more than 75 cars on display at the car show as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 12 / 47
Car owners are happy to share information about their restoration projects at the car show at the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 13 / 47
Jacob Murtha of Hammond checks out photos of a restored pickup on display at the car show as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 14 / 47
John Walters and his sons Gavin (left) and Daniel (right) check out a Ford Mustang on display at the car show as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 15 / 47
Vintage car enthusiasts enjoyed good weather and the more than 75 cars on display at the car show as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 16 / 47
Vintage car enthusiasts enjoyed good weather and the more than 75 cars on display at the car show as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 17 / 47
There’s nothing better than comparing notes under the hood of a vintage corvette at the car show at Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 18 / 47
Plenty of bling was up for grabs at the car show at Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 19 / 47
This was one way to stand out in a crowd at the car show at Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 20 / 47
This was another less obvious way to stand out in a crowd at the car show at Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 21 / 47
Susan Werner (left) talks with customers about Wildtree organic food products at the outdoor market at the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 22 / 47
Jerry Becker (right) and his sons Jacob (middle) and Eric (left) have been barbecuing chicken for the Roberts Lions Club for more than 20 years at the Good Neighbor Days celebration in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 23 / 47
Joey Waalen of the Roberts Warren Fire Department gives the volleyball courts a good soaking before play before the mud volleyball tournament begins at the Good Neighbor Days celebration in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 24 / 47
Phil Bleile finishes the breakfast of champions before his Cold Beer softball team begins play in the softball tournament at the Good Neighbor Days celebration in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 25 / 47
Megen “Chubs” Werner (right) and her older sister Jaden (left) dish out advice from the bench for their father’s softball team at the Good Neighbor Days celebration in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 26 / 47
Players compete in the mud volleyball tournament as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 27 / 47
A player takes in a mud’s eye view during the mud volleyball tournament as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 28 / 47
Who thought it was a good idea was to play volleyball in the mud? (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 29 / 47
A player embraces the reality of mud volleyball as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 30 / 47
So much for staying dry. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 31 / 47
Players compete in the mud volleyball tournament as part of the Good Neighbor Days celebration Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 32 / 47
A player makes a big splash during the mud volleyball tournament at Good Neighbor Days Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 33 / 47
Mud volleyball is not as easy as it looks. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 34 / 47
Cleaning up is really a matter of degree after enough players have used the pool. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 35 / 47
Just staying upright can be a challenge in mud volleyball. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 36 / 47
Mud volleyball is not as easy as it looks. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 37 / 47
Nicole Nogal (right) and Cheyenne Carlson (left) of team Down ‘n Dirty proved a little mud never hurt anyone during the mud volleyball tournament at Good Neighbor Days Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 38 / 47
More than 15 teams competed in the mud volleyball tournament at Good Neighbor Days Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 39 / 47
Wyatt Lancaster gets up close and personal with a rabbit at Good Neighbor Days Saturday in Roberts. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 40 / 47
Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were among those who marched through drizzle in the Good Neighbor Days Grand Parade in Roberts on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 41 / 47
Wallie, a member of the Osman Shrine Clowns, greets Good Neighbor Days revelers during the GND parade in Roberts on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 42 / 47
Members of a drumline entertain the crowds at the Good Neighbor Days Grand Parade in Roberts on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 43 / 47
Howard and Doreen Kruschke, the 2014 Good Neighbor Days Grand Parade grand marshals, wave to parade goers along the route on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 44 / 47
Mary Ellen Johnson and Tom Peterson tied for the 2014 Good Neighbor Award Thursday night at the Roberts Good Neighbor Days community appreciation dinner. They were all smiles as they rode together in the Roberts Good Neighbor Days Grand Parade on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 45 / 47
Members of the Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club huddle under umbrellas to stave off the drizzle during the Roberts Good Neighbor Days Grand Parade on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 46 / 47
Youth students from Ignite Martial Arts in Hudson show off some of the moves they have learned in class while marching in the Good Neighbor Days Grand Parade in Roberts on Sunday, June 1. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 47 / 47

The 50th annual Good Neighbor Days was held last week May 29 though June 1. Despite the on and off soaking rains and postponement of the popular Demo Derby, the weekend was filled with fun, food, family and community.

Check out our photo gallery from the weekend's festivities.

Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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