What is Leprechaun Days?
Leprechaun Day's is Rosemount's 8 day summer festival. This community celebration is run by a volunteer organization known as the Leprechaun Days Committee. During the festival, residents and visitors can participate in a variety of events capped off by our Mid-Summer Faire the last weekend.
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.
By 1983, Leprechaun Days had grown to seven days.
While the City of Rosemount is very generous with their in-kind services and support, in 2005 the Leprechaun Days Committee incorporated, and registered as a non-profit. This annual event is run by an all volunteer committee.
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.