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Leprechaun Days span July 18-27

It's three days before the 2008 edition of Rosemount's Leprechaun Days celebrations kicks off and Maureen Geraghty Bouchard is feeling comfortable. After nearly a year of planning, she and the rest of the event's organizing committee are ready to sit back a little and watch the community have a little fun in the sun.

Geraghty Bouchard, president of the Leprechaun Days committee, is excited about this year's celebration. All of the most popular events from earlier celebrations are back and several new ones have been added to the schedule.

"We really did not lose anything. We added to it," Geraghty Bouchard said. "Every night there's something going on."

This year's celebration will kick off Friday morning with parks and recreation department Puppets in the Park shows in several area parks. The Rosemount Area Arts Council will launch its first Shamrock Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center and there will be a wine tasting just down the hall. Rosemount Area Seniors will host a 500 card tournament starting at 6:45, also at the community center.

Saturday's big event will be the celebration of Rosemount Township's 150th anniversary. There will be bluegrass music, an arts demonstration fair and square dancing, among other events that day. At 1 p.m. current city council members will dedicate a plaque at the location of the city's first business district.

Events will continue throughout the week, with something scheduled every day through July 27.

"The old favorites are still there," Geraghty Bouchard said. "The penny scramble. The bathtub races. The toilet bowl races.

"You know what my most nervous thing is right now? Weather. Because weather will make or break it."

Beyond forces of nature, Geraghty Bouchard is confident everything is in place for this year's celebration. Events are scheduled. The people who are in charge of putting things together are doing their jobs. Geraghty Bouchard still has a few entries to slot into the July 26 Grand Day parade, but she's holding off on that in case there are any last-minute changes.

As part of this year's parade Rosemount City Council members will hold Parade for the Pantry, a collection for the Community Action Council's local food shelf. Residents can bring non-perishable food items downtown Saturday and drop them in the shopping carts students will push along the parade route.

"Our local pantries are low," Geraghty Bouchard said. "They need help."

There will still be work to do over the next week or so -- making sure people have everything they need, making adjustments here or there. But for the most part Geraghty Bouchard and the other Leprechaun Days organizers will be able to to enjoy Leprechaun Days much like anyone else.

"(My favorite part is) just the fun that everybody's having," Geraghty Bouchard said. "Anywhere from the Mid-Summer Faire, the parade, the fireworks, everything. The way people respond to the music. We're doing it for the community."

For a complete Leprechaun Days schedule see the special section in this week's Town Pages or visit