Saturday Nites Time Changes Back to ...  7 - 11

May 2022

We are like every other place ...

short handed ...

Please be patient with us.  The cook in the kitchen is getting old & not as fast as she was. no one else seems to want the job.

Our hearts go out to

their families. 
A lot of fond memories in remembering them out here dancing.


We are so sorry to lose some more of

our old friends & dancers.

Lucille Paschell  2010 (our Mother)

Tony Paschell   2012  (our Brother)

Eva Keller  2012

Ray Duffee 2/23/14

Jean Zmolek   3/30/14

Dave Barnes  5/15/14

Margaret Lee  5/18/14

Coloma (Kip) Shannon  6/21/14 (our ticket Lady)

Max Wheelwright 6/28/14

Joseph Book 7/30/2014

Evelyn Dagnillo 9/16/14

Rhonda Armstrong 11/28/14

Helen Bush

April 9, 1919 - Feb. 21, 2019 *************

  With a little help from our      Friends   (Actually a BIG help)

 The crowds have been small, but they're looking better.

The bands had agreed to lower their

fee until we can get more people.

  100 a night & they get their

regular pay... & don't they deserve it ..

THEY have been GREAT!    Let's help them out .. Bring some more friends !

We also went up a $1 on the door.

in hopes that we can make enough

to cover expenses & ride out the virus.  We're getting there. Thank you ...

for all that have helped. 

We really have some


people out here!   Thank you so much 

                             it really means a lot

                               to us that you care

                          Thank You!

 Our Ticket Lady for 81 3/4 - 82years     

I'm not sure what year this was taken but this is the north side of the Ballroom. It's changed a bit.

26726 150th St

Woodward,  IA    50276


   72 Years for Wilma 

          with the Ballroom.

   Wilma married Pete Bess

  in 1944.  (Previous owners.)

  .... but She started

    dancing at the Ballroom

    in  '37 or '38  In her 

      high school years.

                (that's 79 years)

Yes .... There was a Lake.

Mr. Robbins made a man-made lake

 put an 8 sided cabin on it with a board walk.         

This was in the beginning of 1920's.

He started building the Ballroom in 1929       

It  opened November 11, 1931.                    

Herbie Kay out of Chicago was the     

Orchestra. His female vocalist was              

Dorothy Lamour.                    

She was 17 years old.                    

 We will be Celebrating the Ballroom's                    

90th Anniversary

with our All Star Big Band       

      Sunday Nov. 14, 2021               

    (actual date is 11/11/1931)                

      We have Perry Como's autograph

         from when  he sang out here with

                     the Ted Weems Orchestra

   We know Ronald Regan danced out           

here when he worked for WHO        .................     

    10 more years & we'll be 100 years         

We are in the middle of corn fields.

We are 2 miles south

& 2 miles west of


(1 mile South of Hwy 141 from the North Side)

A little over 2 miles west of Hwy 141

from the East side)

We are so sorry to lose

more Friends

Al Godfredsen 2/6/15

Pinky Redman  - 2/17/15 Al Welsh Orchestra's drummer for 60 years.

Del Martin 1/2015

Helen Cunningham  11/18/2014
Johnny Saunders 2/8/2015
Gary Grant 2/20/2015

Vince Morris  2/21/2015

Eleanore  Meier  8/3/2015

Lou Greco 8/17/2015

Marilyn Meyer  8/31/2015

Howard Clemons  9/   /2015

Jack Vierling    11/3/2015

Josephine Thiel   11/7/2015

Robert Ziesman 12/4/2015

Larry Schultze  12/6/2015

Bill Cardwell   1/7/2016
Reta Williams 1/28/2016

Alice Jenkins 2/21/2016

Lester Menke 3/5/2016

Karen Swenson 6/11/16

Conrad John 6/17/16

Wilma Jean Bess 7/2/2016 (Previous Owner)

Arlene Hendrixson 7/17/16A

Duane (Bud) Young 7/23/16

Jeanne Robbins Phillips 9/17/16 ( Father & Grandfather built Lake Robbins)

Charles Heinz  10/16

Dick Smith 11/26/16

Norman Gore 1/29/17

Arlyce Nichols 3/2/17

Jeanette Ziesman 3/6/17

Don Kinnison 5/16/17

Michael Westaby 5/17/17 (Gloria & Marlo's son)

Gary "Hatch" Hatcher 6/30/17

Patsy Capen 7/1/17

Belle Maring 8/31/17

Tim Dawson 10/13/17

Nada Shannon 11/24/17

Betty Greif - Feldmann 2/13/18

Anoka Stratton  4/25/18

Noah Bess 5/14/2018 (Wilma & Pete's son)

​Bryan Idso 7/9/18 (Karon's son & our PT Cook)

Howard Hammond  7/23/18

​Maggie Radebaugh 7/27/18

Velma Bailey 9/17/18 (one of the Bouton ladies who helped us.)

Charles Radke  10/12/18  (keyboard in Al Welsh & Everett Boyer's bands)

Horace Young 10/19/18

Wendall Eike 11/6/2018

Gordie Strain  2/9/19 (with Midwest Rock & Soul Revue Band)

​Helen Bush  2/21/19

Jon Stafford 3/13/19   (According to Hoyle Band)

Ross Leeper 4/11/19   (Al Welsh & Everett Boyer's Bands)

Joan Lindner 4/14/19

Everett Boyer 6/2019 (his 1st job with his band was here at Lake Robbins)

Maxine Martens 7/4/19

Nancy Dean  8/28/19  (Tex Dean's wife)

Keith Knight  10/2/19

Owen           10/6/19

Jack West  10/22/19

Nadine Christensen 12/4/19

Carol Reeves 4/12/20 (She was a great help .. kitchen & serving)

Loren Roiger 4/25/20

Tex Dean 6/2020 (Drummer for Everett Boyer, Stardusters, Sentimential Swing)

Russell Dent 6/23/20

Noel Friday 7/2020

Mary Louise McLain 9/21/20

Don (Beans) Welder 10/2020

Jerry Stenstrom  12/2020  (Played Trumpet for Everett Boyer)

Gloria Westaby 1/9/2021

Alvin Cole  1/12/2021

Royce Winge  4/8/2021

Dorothy Reutzel  2/23/2021  (Dorothy & Erv played at LR for many years)

Erv Reutzel    8/10/2021

Tom Steinkoenig   9/12/2021  (Sentimental Swing )

Jan Paschell   11/24/2021 (our Brother)

Al Faber     1/6/2022

David Hebron  3/3/2022   (Crystal Blue Band)

Marlo Westaby 3/18/2022

Evelyn Shaffer  3/31/2022

Marlene Radebaugh 4/2/2022   (played with the Al Welsh Band)

Don Motz   4/16/2022

We do take reservations
On  regular dances you may call in or let us know. We do not guarantee a certain table but will try to get you close to the area you like.
We have employees taking reservations all the time & sometimes the table may already be spoken for & we're not aware of it.
Reservations are 1st come 1st serve bases.
Some of our regular dancers have favorite tables
& have let the waitresses know they are coming.
They usually get the same table all the time.
On Special Events
(Some events we do NOT take reservations)
There are no regular tables. If you want a table you need to reserve. We need to know you are coming. It is 1st to reserve gets the table. So if you have a favorite it is best to reserve early. (Weeks ahead).
Some special events are reservations only with advanced tickets.  The day before or day of

will not get you close to the dance floor.

My dancers reserve early to get the best tables.
We are trying hard to be fair with reservations & we have had some big screw ups & we're sorry it happened. Please be patient we are trying to make it better. We have had some big nights, but we have never ran out of room. So please don't let not having a reservation stop you from coming. We will find you a table.

FOOD is always       available when open

4thofJuly Weekend

7/2   TBA ... Oldies/R'nR

     7/3   Barefoot Becky .               Variety/Polka/Big Band .. 4 -7:30 

7/4  The Kenastons .. CW.. 3-7

Wilma with good friends, Marge, Judy, & Helen

She was


Just a Reminder

We DO NOT allow Water - Food or Alcohol

to be brought into

the ballroom. 

We sell bottled & pitchers of Water - Pop - Food -

Beer & Alcohol.

(This helps us pay for the overhead) Thank you


It has been Brought to my attention some of you are bringing in Dance Wax.


​I have had some people fall & a number of complaints because the Floor is tooo slick.  We have some wax by the stage (right side)

If your shoes are rubber

soles ... that is why you want more wax.

Most dancers wear leather shoes ... tooo much wax makes it terribly slick for them.  We don't want anybody falling.


bring it in.


Available for Weddings  & In House Catering

See our Wedding page


the Automated

A specialThank Youto our Dancers, Bands & Friends

for the Contributions so that we can have one here at the Ballroom.  A Very Special THANK YOU

for the ones who promoted  & made it happen. 

What can I say .... we have the best !

​​ This Ballroom was Built for Dancing!   Pete Bess

You will find more dance dates on the Schedule page.

Dance Lessons


Saturdays ... 5:30 - 6:30 ... $5

West Coast Swing

 Sundays ... 3:30 - 4:30 ... $5


Sat. nite.. 5/14/22

    RiviEras .. Oldies/SockHop/ Swing

  7- 11 .. $10

Sun. .. 5/15/22 

Gaylin Sudik & Friends

Big Band

5 - 8:30 ... $14


  Found    March 20

Child's small(8) Jacket

in Parking lot

Levi ..  on name tag

​​​​Bryan Idso 

July 24, 1986 -July 9, 2018

Karon's son & our Friend

He also was our part time cook/bartender

Feb. 1, 1923 - July 2, 2016

LakeRobbins Ballroom 

Mem0rial Day Weekend

Sat. 28  Cowboy Kicks

Variety . 7-11 . $10

Sun. 29 the Kenastons 

CW .. 5 - 9 ... $11

extra $ goes to Roger & Sharon They lost everything due to fire

Mon. 30  Stardusters

Big Band 4:30 - 7:30 ... $13

  * Grill'n both nites Sun. & Mon. xtra $$ *


           *DANCE LESSONS*

       (No Lessons when Closed ...

            Saturdays  ... May

*West Coast Swing. 5:30 - 6:30 .. $5

  Sundays ... May

* Waltz ... 3:30 - 4:30 pm .. $5

      Instructor - William Paugh ..

                               Lesson - Beginners