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 22-31, 2016
From the Aug. 13, 1964, Dakota County Tribune
Posted Tuesday, June 14
Leprechaun Days Committee to meet
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Steeple Center in Room 200.
If you would like to help the all-volunteer committee in any facet of the planning, you are encouraged to attend a meeting.
Posted May 26, 2016
Swag Shop to sell Leprechaun Days apparel
“We have been talking about offering apparel for a long time,” said committee president Steve Ball said. “We are very excited that the Swag Shop has come through for us.”
Posted May 26, 2016
Barbecue to benefit Leprechaun Days
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Barbecue and DJ Fundraiser will be in front of Cub Foods on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4. The event will serve up brats, chips and water 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Cub Foods is at 3784 150th St. W.