Roberts “Rocked” Big Time

Tammy Helsper
Founder/President Roberts Cultural Council
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Photos by Alastair Baker
The Roberts Cultural Council’s 2nd Annual Rockin' held last weekend drew impressive crowds and plenty of colorful stalls along with pavement art by Janice Polzin. The kids also had a good time from racing through an inflatable obstacle course, to riding a mini train driven by Jim Helsper and Lee Stevens, and watching Pippi The Clown create balloon animals and hats. Proceeds from this event go towards awarding scholarships to a Carbon County school graduate that is going to a vocational school.

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Photo by Tammy Helsper
Honoring the Roberts Fire Department personnel.

On Saturday, the 2nd Annual Rockin’ Roberts Summer Festival was provided by the Roberts Cultural Council and it indeed “Rocked” Roberts. 

The little town was transformed into an all-day celebration that included an estimated 600 attendees from the local area and out of state. Many not from the area were overjoyed to happen upon an event of this magnitude in small-town Montana. RCC’s Tammy Helsper shared, “We feel fortunate to bring this annual event the community which helps fulfill our mission to bring people together through art and cultural events. It is heartwarming to see so many people gathered, smiling, and just having such a wonderful time together,” said Helsper.

Attendees explored the arts and crafts booths, all ages conquered the climbing wall, children were delighted watching Pippi the Clown make balloon treasures, and families could be heard squealing with excitement as they raced each other through the obstacle course. DJ Solo and Jess Allestad provided music that kept the event energized.

Roberts’ artist Janice Polzin started with a chalk outline on the sidewalk that over several hours evolved into a colorful and spectacular rainbow trout. It was admired by many and sparked conversations about the best flyfishing spots and adventures in and around Roberts. Polzin’s chalk art should remain for several days and can be seen on the sidewalk in front of the Roberts Post Office. The youngest artisans were the Ebel siblings Alyse (15), Jon (13), and Leah (10) of Belfry. These young entrepreneurs offered beautiful mixed wood cutting boards.

RCC partnered with the Roberts Volunteer Firefighter’s (RVF) and the Ken Hyvonen Memorial Car Show. RVF’s Fire Chief Randy DeVries said, “We appreciated the community coming out to support the firefighters' annual pig roast”, which is the firefighters’ way of thanking the community for their support throughout the year. DeVries shared that a record-setting 600-650 people were served at this year’s pig roast.

The Ken Hyvonen Memorial Car Show filled the Haymaker parking lot and the North end of 1st Street with a broad variety of fantastic classic cars and trucks. Organizer Stephanie (Jeff) Hyvonen shared the proceeds from Saturday’s car show will be donated to the Roberts School to buy tools for the shop program. Through their car shows, the Hyvonen family has also provided scholarships to students attending vocational schools.

Mark your calendar for the next Roberts Summer Festival that will be June 4, 2022 (1st Saturday in June).