In the mid 1950s Rosemount merchants held annual sidewalk sales, called “Crazy Days,” on the last weekend in July. By the 1960s, the then Jaycee Women’s Club sponsored a “Kiddie Parade” and the American Legion held a “Corn & Chicken Feed” on that Saturday, for the community. Sometime during this period a regular parade was added.
In 1977, a business owner suggested to the Chamber of Commerce that it should sponsor additional activities to coincide with Crazy Days. Crazy Days was then known as “Family Fun Days,” co-ventured by the Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, Jaycee Women and Rosemount Park and Recreation.After two years of “Family Fun Days” the committee decided it needed a theme. An Irish theme was chosen because over half of the first settlers in Rosemount were from Ireland.
The Dakota County Tribune quoted in June of 1979, “Rosemount residents have decided they’d rather be Irish than crazy.” The first Leprechaun Days was a two-day event with fireworks, parades, and many community sponsored events.Over the years the committee has been organized and run by many different volunteers from the community.
By 1983, Leprechaun Days had grown to seven days, and then to 10 days of events.
In 2005, the committee became Incorporated and registered as a Non-Profit Corporation. A bluegrass festival was added to the first weekend in 2008 with the celebration of Rosemount’s 150th Anniversary, but the bluegrass festival moved to June in 2014.
The main emphasis of Leprechaun Days is to strengthen and bring our community together through family-friendly events. People from other communities are always welcomed and have participated each year, but our focus has remained the same: to see the smiling faces of the children who come to enjoy our city – and for the kid in all of us.
Come. Participate. Enjoy.
What is Leprechaun Days?
This is your source for information related to the annual 10-day community festival that is the highlight of the summer and the entire year in Rosemount, which, for those of you who don't know, is a town of about 21,000 people southeast of the Twin Cities. Welcome to the official website managed by the all-volunteer Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee.
If you have never been to Rosemount Leprechaun Days, we would like to suggest that you attend. Rosemount has a home-town feel that its residents cite as a major reason they moved to and continue to live in the city. Leprechaun Days reflects that home-town feel with strong resident and group participation in all its events, including the Grand Day Parade, Midsummer Faire carnival, food and music event, Rosemount Parks and Recreation events for youths and adults and much more.
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee
Rosemount Leprechaun Days
July 21-30, 2017
From the Aug. 13, 1964, Dakota County Tribune
Halfway to Leprechaun Days fundraiser slated
Chili cookoff, bingo are part of Feb. 25 event
Posted Jan. 26, 2017
Those who like chili, having fun and supporting the community should mark Saturday, Feb. 25, on their calendar.
That’s when the Halfway to Leprechaun Days 2017 party will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Rosemount American Legion. The event is slated to end at 9 p.m.
The fundraiser for the Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee allows people to get involved in two different ways.
People can enter the Chili Cook-off Contest or attend the event to sample the chili and play bingo.
There is a $5 cover charge for adults, which will allow those 21 and older free beer while it lasts. Youths 17 and under are allowed in free.
Bingo will run from 5-6:30 p.m. with prizes for the winners along with door prizes.
The cost to play is $5 for eight games.
People will have a chance to purchase Leprechaun Days T-shirts that range in price from $14-$16.
Chili contest entrants age 18 and older are asked have their chili ready for sampling at 6:30 p.m. with winners to be announced during judging at 7 p.m. Contest participants can prepare their chili from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Legion.
The chili will be judged in the categories of Mild, Spicy and People’s Choice with the winners to earn prizes. Rules will be posted to this website soon.
"The event is family oriented and will be lots of fun," said event volunteer John McCarthy, who attended last year's Chili Cookoff and ended up joining the Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee as its volunteer coordinator.
McCarthy is helping plan the event by signing up volunteers to work at it.
"We are very excited for the second Halfway to Leprechaun Days event because this is a great time for the committee to connect as a team and have fun," said Leprechaun Days Committee President Steve Ball.
"It's also a great opportunity for the community to come together and see what opportunities there are to join the committee," Ball said.
For information or to register for the contest, contact Steve Ball at 651-492-9411 or email@example.com.
Sponsors of the event are the Legion, Cub Foods and Alpha Group.
The legion is located at 14590 Burma Ave.
- Tad Johnson
Sun Thisweek-Dakota County Tribune
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Rosemount Steeple Center, Room 200. A meeting regarding the Halfway to Leprechaun Days event will follow the regular meeting. All are invited to attend either meeting.