Bringing life to Leprechaun Days is a beauty of a beast.

That is, according to Steve Ball, president of the Leprechaun Days Committee.

More than 70 events will entertain guests at this year’s Leprechaun Days. The expected turnout could range from 10,000 to 15,000 guests for the parade and fireworks who return to Rosemount to celebrate the summer festival.

All the big and small details come together after the past year of planning, organizing, meeting and mapping out times and event spaces around town.

“This is a beauty of a beast and we are really starting to have fun and everyone is enjoying it each year, and we have different people doing different things and different chairs of the groups,” said Ball who serves as lead chair.

The core volunteer group who serve comes in around 20 to 25 people, Ball said, although attendance was up at the last meeting and the group needed to add chairs and tables.

“My thing is that we have kind of built it up in the last couple of years with our core group because this is a huge thing for the community and I always tell our volunteers to bring a friend to the meetings,” Ball said.

In the past year the group worked diligently to update the organization’s bylaws and this was a huge endeavor.

Leprechaun Days Committee will host a special fundraiser meal to support the committee’s red tape funds. The fundraiser meal will be priced to suit family budgets and will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in Central Park in front of the shelter.

“We are doing it on the same night as the popular band Martin Zeller, who always draws a big crowd,” Ball said.

Ball would like to thank all the new volunteers who have stepped up to participate and help out this year.

Veteran volunteers are many, but Ball wants to show gratitude to committee leads Mike and Maureen Bouchard for the hundreds of hours of time they invest in the committee all year long and especially during Leprechaun Days. Maureen was a former past president of the Leprechaun Days Committee.

“I am coming to realize how much they do and I would like to give them a shout for their years of service,” Ball said.

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