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Kicking off the summer

All of the entries in the 2018 Kiddie Parade along with the Roberts Royal Ambassadors who judged and announced the event for Good Neighbor Days posed for a portrait. Tom Lindfors / RiverTown Multimedia

With summer just around the corner, Roberts will once again kick summer into high gear with its annual Good Neighbor Days, which will take place Thursday, May 30, to Sunday, June 2.

"This is our 60th year for the Lions Club and the 55th Good Neighbor Days. The first 15 to 16 years of the festival was run by a variety of groups, including the Lions, but we took the whole thing over in 1980," said Good Neighbor Days co-chair Geno Hanson.

The festival gets started with the community appreciation dinner in the Village Park at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The festival organizers will give out the Good Neighbor Award around 6 p.m.

Friday night will start a weekend full of music, with at least one band performing nightly throughout the weekend.

"We have a good lineup of bands from Friday through Sunday for the festival. We have some returning bands that we brought back due to popular demand, as well as some other bands that will round out the weekend with a good variety of music," Hanson said. "There are no big changes to this year's festival. It is a pretty standard year."

Saturday will feature the annual Kiddie Parade at 11 a.m. in front of the elementary school, while the night will be capped by the Royal Ambassador Pageant (6 p.m., SCC Elementary) and fireworks at dusk. The annual grand parade will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

"People should be excited about the tractor pull, which is Friday and is usually our biggest event of the year. We are one of the only community's left that does a demolition derby, which we do on Sunday," Hanson said. "The grand parade is at 11 a.m. on Sunday and that is always one of the first of the season in this area and one of the biggest. We also have fireworks on Saturday night at dusk. That show seems to get bigger every year."

This year's festival will also feature a sober cab service from the park, as well as downtown.

"We want everyone to know ... that we offer sober rides home. We want to get the message out that if anyone feels like they have overindulged, we will make sure they will get home safe. We have a limo services on the park grounds that is mostly free and just costs tips," Hanson said. "We will also have a shuttle bus that will go from the park building to go downtown to hit those taverns. We want everyone to get home safe no matter where they are."

For more information, visit robertslionsclub.com or find the organization on Facebook.

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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