Dr. Ron Fair appears to address an invisible Robert Sakata, the subject of the first Roast at the Armory on Friday to kick off Market Days in recognition of Brighton's farming history. The roast recognized one of Brighton's most prominent business owners and philanthropist Robert Sakata, owner of Sakata Farms for his more than 60 years dedication to the community. Sakata who was chided during the roast for his shyness, elected to sit with his family in the audience rather than be singled out on stage. Some of Brighton' prominent residents, including Dr. Fair, former Mayor Jan Pawlowski, Curt Hale, Tim Ferrell, 58-year Sakata farm employee Jack Kniss and current Brighton Mayor Dick McLean brought their senses of humor and memories of the Sakatas to everyone's attention.
Honoree Robert Sakata seems to enjoy being the recipient of the first citizen roast Friday evening at the Armory. Sakata, who is surrounded by family and friends, heard stories from his past exploits in Brighton from prominent speakers. The yearly event is being held to kick off the annual Market Day celebration of Brighton's farming heritage at the city's cultural arts center.