Leprechaun Days is always a great event but this year it will be a little more special because Rosemount's having a big birthday. The first Saturday of the annual 10 day festival has been designated to observe the town's 150 year anniversary.

Although things are still in the planning stages the Leprechaun Days committee and city staff hope to plan a great party -- complete with music, dancing and some history -- to celebrate.

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Maureen Geraghty-Bouchard said Rosemount Township was incorporated on April 6, 1858. While there are several other milestones in the city's history that got it to its present state, the township's incorporation began it all.

There are still details to work out but Geraghty-Bouchard said the day will likely start with the dedication of a plaque in the city's original downtown, which is a few blocks east of the current downtown.

After that they are looking at a number events that will connect the past and the present ­ including a bluegrass concert, square dancing, a presentation of historical stories, horse and carriage rides and art displays set up by the Rosemount Area Arts Council.

"We think its apropos," she said.

Geraghty-Bouchard said since Dakota County Technical College is not planning their Summer Fest during the first weekend of the festival it made sense to plan the sesquicentennial celebration for that weekend.

"We thought, we have an open weekend so lets do it," she said.

The city is donating money for the celebration. Assistant administrator Emmy Foster said because everything is tentative at the moment an exact cost hasn't been figured but the committee is guessing between $5,000 and $10,000.

The Leprechaun Days Committee is in full planning mode preparing for Rosemount's biggest event. Anyone wanting to volunteer or to host an event should contact Geraghty-Bouchard at 651-423-4603.