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.
Rosemount Leprechaun Days
July 18-27, 2014
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 website as the festival nears since the Events Schedule will be updated as the expected 60-plus events are confirmed.
The Rosemount Leprechaun Days Committee
Thank you for attending the2014 Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Parade on Saturday, July 19.Check out some photos from the parade byclicking here. To view the Dakota County Tribune's special section regarding Rosemount Leprechaun Days,click here.
2014 Rosemount Leprechaun Days button prize winners
Winners of the Rosemount Area Senior Leprechaun Days button drawing were announced on Monday. The Rosemount Area Seniors said they would like to thank all of the sponsors who donated items for their support and all of those who purchased buttons during Leprechaun Days. This year’s Rosemount Leprechaun Days button was designed by Rosemount Middle School student Taylor Brunes. $100 from Larsen & Larsen, P.A. – Carter Turner Individual income tax return preparation from Larsen & Larsen, P.A. – Maisy Bach Rosemount Floral gift card – Mary Ahrens BP Auto Service Center gift card – Sue Rousch $50 from Master Transmission – Loren Tompkins $50 from First State Bank of Rosemount – Melanie Bryan $50 gift card from Fluegel’s – Miranda Bondeson $30 gift card from MediCar – Janie Carlson and Lisa Shoe $25 from U Pull R Parts – Lynette Barrus $25 gift certificate from The Guitar Shop – Tiffany Germann $25 gift card from Fireside – Jeff Hanson $25 gift certificate from Orchid Nails & Spa – Linda Bell $25 gift card from MGM Wine & Spirits – Amanda Gore $20 gift certificate from Quilter’s Haven – Jon Anderson $20 gift card from Terry’s Hardware – Nicole Seeberg and Ken Barnes $15 gift card from Rudy’s Redeye Grill – Melissa Hanson $15 gift certificate from Paws Appeal Pet Salone – Rhonda Palm $15 gift card from Celts Pub – Judy Adams $14.99 gift certificate from Fantastic Sam’s – Katherine Gayl $10 gift certificate from The Yarn Garage – Jacqueline Dunker and Julie Toombs $10 gift card from Cub Foods – Ben Burdick $10 gift certificate from Von Hanson’s – 10 winners – Patti Wills, Abby Chumbley, Laura Coffey-Reis, Sheila Condon, Sunil Mohabir, John Loebach, Roger Seefeld, Kurt Nash, Brandon McPhillips, Rich Pruter $10 gift card from Taco John’s – Sandra Herme $10 gift certificate from Wheelie Awesome Bike Services – Liz Snyder $10 gift certificate from Carbone’s – Joan Schwoch & Shirley Barthel $5 Fuji Grill & Sushi Bar gift card and $5 Cherry Berry gift card – Cecelia Zignego $5 Taco John’s gift card and $5 Cherry Berry gift card – Idolly Oliva Free haircut from ManCave Barber – 10 winners – Sherry Huber, Linda Bell, Kellie Bailey, Scott Serig, James Ahern, Sammie Formaneck, John Milchesky, Aisha Mohamed, Evie Selgested and Dave Majewski Free haircut, Sportsman Barber – Mike Toombs and Charlene Fox Free haircut, Great Clips – Mike Meier and Mary Novak Great Clips, Biolage Beauty Product Gift Set – Vince Voeltz 2 free appetizers from Rosemount Applebee’s – Jean Oie, Bill Collignon, Laura Welter and Lonnie Nordstrom 1 free large pizza from Pizza Hut – Valarie Larsen, Abby Brand, Susan Engelhart and Zoe Peterson 1 free large pizza from Little Caesars – Rosemount – Tom Trebil, Pat Williams and Connie Kellington 1 pound coffee and travel mug from Starbucks – Alexis Coffey-Reis, John Haakana and Kathy Rachke 2 bottles of wine from MGM Wine and Spirits – Ray Hanson 55 small cone gift certificates donated by Dairy Queen-Rosemount 20, $5 discount cards donated by Hong Kong Bistro Free Frosty coupons donated by Wendy’s-Rosemount