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, 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.
Thank you for attending the
2014 Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Parade on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Check out some photos from the parade
Rosemount Leprechaun Days
July 17-26, 2015
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.
Check back at the site this spring for event updates.
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee
Committee to meet March 16, 2015
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee is starting planning for the 2015 10-day festival with its first meeting of the year 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, in Room 210 of the Rosemount Community Center.
New people are always welcome to the committee's meetings. Those who would like to plan an event or those with ideas that would add to the festival are encouraged to attend.
Groups or individuals planning events that they would like listed as an official Leprechaun Days event are required to attend at least one meeting and fill out the necessary forms.
New volunteers are always welcome. Volunteers are needed to help lead subcommittees that handle various planning duties. Volunteers are also needed on the busy event days, especially for clean up.