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Viewpoint: Book-end events mark Rosemount summer

By Logan Martin, Rosemount City Administrator

With summer near its end, we in Rosemount are proud to look back at the good times our residents have enjoyed during this year's community celebrations. And we are excited to share more info about a new event that will welcome us into the fall — a Food Truck Festival.

We hope it will become a tradition along with the events of the last few months. We opened the summer with ArtBlast, thanks to the hard work of the Rosemount Area Arts Council. The volunteers once again topped themselves with their work on our successful Leprechaun Days. And each of our neighborhoods came together on Night to Unite, helping the fight against crime and making generous donations of more than 520 pounds of to our food shelves.

In September, we're introducing another fun activity. The Fall Food Truck Festival will bring up to a dozen trucks to Central Park to cook up a variety of affordable treats. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 22, from 5-10 p.m.

An event like this is the perfect way to sample dishes crafted by some of the Twin Cities' top chefs on wheels, so be sure to come hungry. You'll be able to enjoy your selections while listening to two bands that will perform at the amphitheater. There will also be a beer tent, whose profits will benefit the RHS Foundation and its work to support academics, arts, and athletics at the high school.

The Food Truck Festival is an initiative that comes out of the City Council's goals. Like the Home & Business Expo that's set to return for the second time in March, the festival is a way to build on the success of Rosemount's existing celebrations. (And don't forget that one of those, the Haunted Woods Trail, will take place as always at the end of October.)

We feel these events are key to maintaining the hometown feel of Rosemount. And it's not just the ones that city government can organize. The start of school marks the beginning of another year of accomplishments by our young people, whether on the playing fields or in the classrooms. We're ready to cheer them on, especially as they return to renovations and improvements at Rosemount High, Middle and Elementary schools.

We hope you will keep an eye out next week as students travel to and from their schools after summer break. It'll take all of us a little time to get back into the routine. Stay safe, and enjoy the high quality of life in our community, and be sure to make time for these great community events!

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