Rosemount Leprechaun Days History

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.

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.
Rosemount Leprechaun Days
July 18-27, 2014

Welcome to the official website managed by the all-volunteer Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee.

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.

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, Mid-Summer Faire carnival, food and music event, Rosemount Parks and Recreation events for youths and adults and much more.

Check back at the website as the festival nears since the Events Schedule will be updated as the expected 60-plus events are confirmed. You can contact the committee at LeprechaunDays@gmail.com or, better yet, get involved by planning an event, Volunteering to serve on the committee or becoming one of the Sponsors of the nonprofit Leprechaun Days.

Have fun,
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee
Check out the
Rosemount Leprechaun Days Facebook Page for event updates
and to add your own comments and photos.

A Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee fundraiser will be held
5-8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18,
at the Rosemount Dairy Queen.
Ten percent of all sales during that time will be donated to the committee.
NOTICE:
 Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Parade
will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2014.
The parade will move from the second weekend to the first weekend of the 10-day festival in an effort to improve parking options and safety and increase participation in all Leprechaun Days events. To read a story about the move, click here.