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Final weekend of Leprechaun Days set to make a bang

There have been a few sprinkles here and there, but that's never been enough to stop Leprechaun days before. And it hasn't slowed

Rosemount's annual summer festival this time around either.

If anything, it seems as though people have been enjoying the

occasional rain shower, seeing as though the Rosemount area is coming

out of a mini drought. Leprechaun Days is moving into its final

weekend full speed ahead - and it has plenty to offer area residents

in the way of events and attractions.


By the time this paper gets into your hands, the Youth Fishing Derby

at Schwarz Pond Park will have made its triumphant return to

Leprechaun Days. But for the teenagers out there, Central Park is the

place to be Thursday night. The annual Teen Battle of the Bands will

kick off at 7 p.m. and promises to draw a solid crowd as always.

Those looking for something the whole family can enjoy Thursday night

can check out the Family Fun Night, which features amusement rides,

food booths, games and entertainment. That event will run 6 to 10

p.m. Thursday in Central Park.


On Friday evening, the Mid-Summer Faire will open once again in

Central Park. The Mid-Summer Faire will be a beefed up version of

Family Fun Night, also held in Central Park. There will be all the

rides and games and food to go along with business booths, karaoke

and more. And just across the street at the Rosemount American

Legion, a Steak Fry Under the Stars will from 7 to 11 p.m. At 7 p.m.

music will flood Central Park when Janie in Wonderland takes the

stage for a four-hour set.

The Wine Tasting Extravaganza will make its Leprechaun Days debut

Friday. Wine vendors will be on hand, along with live music, food and

more. The wine tasting will be held in the banquet room at the

Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Tr.


Rosemount residents normally associate the final Saturday of

Leprechaun Days with the Grand Day Parade. But the day will kick off

with another event that's been growing in popularity, the Aviation


At 9 a.m., people from around the area will show up at Dakota County

Technical College to put on a radio controlled air show. It's put on

by the Tri-Valley Radio Controlled Club and has really become a

Leprechaun Days staple.

By 11 a.m., the streets will be lined with people waiting for the

Grand Day Parade to start. Some people will begin lining the streets

along the parade route an hour before the first band or float ever

starts rolling.

Have you always wanted to be part of a parade yourself? Well, if

you're a D.A.R.E. program graduate, you can. Former D.A.R.E. students

are invited to participate in this year's Leprechaun Days parade as

part of a trailer the Rosemount Police Department is doing. Line up

is at 10 a.m. at Rosemount High School and organizers are asking that

kids show up then to help decorate the trailer. Look for float #88,

which will be labeled as the Dakota Fence/D.A.R.E. trailer.

The parade starts at the RHS parking lot, proceeds south on Chili

Avenue, east on 145th Street and then north on Cameo to 143rd Street.

Limited parking will be available at Rosemount Middle School parking

lot for groups that have carpooled and to secure floats before

exiting to Highway 3. All groups are encouraged to be picked up at

Rosemount High School parking lot.

The second Leprechaun Days Classic Car Show will take place 1 to 5

p.m. in the Big Daddy's parking lot, followed by the bench press

championships, a BBQ feed, more Mid-Summer Faire and, finally, the

always eagerly-anticipated fireworks display at 10 p.m. The fireworks

can be viewed from Central and Erickson parks.


There are several events scheduled to close out Leprechaun Days on

Sunday, the most popular of which has typically been Sneaky Pete's

Garden Tractor Pullers, set to begin 1 p.m. at the Rosemount VFW

grounds, 2625 120th St. W. Hundreds of people participate in the

various classes of competition and the crowd on hand to take it all

in is always huge.

And what would Leprechaun Days be without live Irish music on the

Central Park stage to close things out. Legacy, an Irish music and

dance group will return 6 p.m. Sunday.

Complete listing

These are just some of the highlights to look forward to during the

final weekend of Leprechaun Days. For a complete listing of events,

turn to Page 12B.