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Roberts Good Neighbor Days celebration starts Thursday

The Roberts Good Neighbor Days fun starts Thursday night, May 31, and runs through June 3 this year.

This year's theme is "Fiesta de Roberts."

The celebration starts Thursday, May 31, with a Community Appreciation Dinner in the Village Park at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation of the Good Neighbor Award around 6:45 p.m. (In past years the award was given at the Miss Roberts pageant.) Dairyland Amusement Rides get going around 6 p.m. and "Boston Haas" will perform from 7-10 p.m.

Rides start up again Friday night at 6 p.m. There will be Bingo in the park building from 6-9 p.m. The tractor pull and a slow pitch softball tournament both start at 7 p.m. "Boondoggle" will provide musical entertainment starting at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday is full of events. The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast at Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ from 8-11 a.m. Fun run/walks start around 8:30 a.m. and a car show on Main Street runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 11 a.m. the Roberts-Warren Fire Department hosts water ball at the fire hall. The kiddie tractor pull starts at 1 p.m. Amusement rides in the park start at 1 p.m. After a 10-year hiatus, mud volleyball is coming back to Good Neighbor Days. There are already 20 teams signed up for the muddy games that start at 2 p.m. A new event this year is Texas Hold 'Em under the pavilion, starting at 2 p.m. (There is a $20 entry fee to participate.) There will be Bingo in the park building from 5-8 p.m. A new Miss Roberts will be crowned at the pageant in the St. Croix Central Elementary School gym, starting at 6 p.m. There will be music and fireworks to end the night on Saturday. "Rock Brigade" performs at 7 p.m., fireworks will go off at dusk and "Arch Allies" begin performing at 9 p.m.

Another new event this year is an ecumenical church service at 9 a.m. Sunday under the tent in the park.

The grand parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday. Nona Sullwood will participate in the parade as this year's grand marshal. Amusement rides in the park will start up after the parade is done. The demolition derby gears up at 3 p.m. and Sunday's events end with bingo in the park building from 3-6 p.m.

For more information and a full list of Good Neighbor Days events, go to the Roberts Lions Club website: www.rober

Organizers said people should attend Good Neighbor Days for a good time and to support the community.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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