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Roberts approves barn dance, threshing show

There will be another reason to party in the Village of Roberts this summer.

In addition to its Good Neighbor Days event in June, the Village of Roberts board approved a barn dance/threshing machine show at its monthly meeting on Monday, March 14.

Don Greenfield, member of the St. Croix Valley Collectors Association, addressed the board members about the event.

He said that a couple of farming enthusiasts had started a threshing show 25 years ago. Participation increased so much that they formed a club and one of the founders held the two-day event on his private land.

"We furnish the meat, have sweet corn and ask people to bring a dish to pass," explained Greenfield. "We usually get a lot of homemade pies and such. We have a barn dance the night before the threshing show -- and we always put it on for free."

The show, Greenfield said, usually includes about 75-80 threshing machines plus other classic farm equipment. However, the land where the show was previously held has been sold and they are in need of a new place to hold the event.

Greenfield said they had difficulty finding a place large enough with electricity to support all the roasters they need. They checked with the Pierce County fairgrounds, then someone suggested the Village Park in Roberts.

"We've talked to the Lions and it is OK with them as long as it's OK with the village," said Greenfield. "We'd let the Lions sell beer or pop to make some money. We are pretty self-sufficient since we have plenty of help."

"He has the full backing of the Lions Club," said Chuck Pizzi, board member and Roberts Lions Club member. "The Lions would apply for the picnic/beer license. We have plenty of experience setting up for an event like this with the Good Neighbor Days."

Greenfield said they usually get between 700 and 800 people to attend the two-day event.

"We haven't had any problems in the past when it's been out in the country," he said.

The board approved the event to be held in the Village of Roberts Park on Aug. 20-21.

In other news:

• Police Chief Dan Burgess said that the new squad car is not ready yet since the lights are on backorder. The board approved selling the old squad to Danny Anderson in Hudson for $3,500.

• John Bond, public works director, said the Village of Roberts treatment plant has been nominated for Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year for Wisconsin.

• The board approved loaning the village's gas pump to a municipality along the St. Croix River that is making flooding preparations.

• Willard Moeri, village president, said that the Department of Transportation met with the village's planning commission and resident landowners earlier in the month regarding the Highway 65 and 70th Avenue intersection.

"They walked out a little frustrated; the plans are not complete yet," he said.

• The library board reported that they are looking to expand hours but have to work out how to handle the staffing situation.

• Tom Kortas went through the 2010 Audit Report with the board members.

• The board approved spring clean-up days from April 16-May 14. The cost for residents is $15 per load.

• Angi Goodwin, village engineer, said that she hopes to finalize plans for the Division Street update soon. They plan to get bids and start construction after Good Neighbor Days.

• The board moved into closed session to discuss two separate matters concerning personnel issues.

The Village of Roberts meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.