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Editorial: Rockin' Robbins hits a great groove in summer of 2017

It was a big crowd Tuesday night at the Rockin' Robbins performance of The Fabulous Armadillos from St. Cloud. Rockin' Robbins drew strong crowds for all four summer concerts this summer in Willmar.

The Rockin' Robbins summer concert series produced by Willmar Rotary rocked it out of the park this summer.

If you did not attend one of the four concert events this summer, you missed some of the biggest happenings in Willmar.

Rockin' Robbins was a fabulous summer event over four straight Tuesday nights for the community, all for the benefit of the Robbins Island Regional Park.

This year the concert series was expanded to a four-night schedule with these featured acts.

• Chris Hawkey - a country music artist and vocalist for the Chris hawkey Band. He lives in the Twin Cities and hosts a sports radio program, Power Trip Morning Show.

• The Dam Jammers - a high, energy six-piece bluegrass and rock band from Renville County.

• Matt Vee and Friends performing "I Am, He Said," a celebration of Neil Diamond music.

• The Fabulous Armadillos - a classic rock cover band from St. Cloud.

All of their performances were memorable and enjoyable for youngsters, adults and families. What can be better than sitting with friends and family on a warm Willmar summer night and listening to great music?

A shout-out to the Willmar Rotary Club for planning, organizing and producing the 2017 Rockin' Robbins concert series. More than 70 Rotary members volunteered each night, from stage setup to parking assistance to staffing beverage tents to emptying garbage to cleanup at the end of the night.

The organization has created a multi-night community event for the Willmar community that has become legendary. The service club's event results in a significant donation to the Robbins Island Regional Park. In 2016, the group contributed more than $20,000 to the Destination Playground project at the park.

Kudos also to the staff members of Willmar Community Education and Recreation Department, the Willmar Police Department and the city of Willmar for all their assistance across the board that helped make the concert series a success. It would not be possible without their support.

Thank you to all the event sponsors for supporting the Rockin' Robbins concert series for the Willmar community. Their support helps make the concert series a reality.

The community response to Rockin' Robbins has been tremendous.

The closing event on Tuesday night was overwhelming. According to event and city officials, the parking Tuesday night was the largest ever at Robbins Island for a single event.

Anyone sitting in the audience can vouch that the size of the crowd Tuesday night was the largest of the summer.

Willmar rocked it with Rockin' Robbins in 2017.

Willmar Rotary members were already reviewing 2017's Rockin' Robbins Tuesday night and starting the planning on how to make the 2018 Rockin' Robbins even better.

Rest assured, Willmar Rotary plans to keep Willmar dancing to the music at Rockin' Robbins 2018 next summer.

This editorial is the opinion of the West Central Tribune's Editorial Board of publisher Steve Ammermann and editor Kelly Boldan

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