Leprechaun Days draws crowds despite rain

Weather was suitable most events July 19-28

To see photos from this year’s events, click here.

Rain and colder than usual temperatures were cited as preventing crowds from swelling to as large as they have in the past for the biggest events of Rosemount Leprechaun Days, which was held from July 19-28.

Last Saturday’s rain that fell during the Grand Day Parade had some people packing up early, but most attendees continued to line the parade route from the high school to the middle school throughout the 100-unit parade.

People watching the Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Day Parade sought a little cover from the rain during a portion of the event. Photo by Rick Orndorf

People watching the Rosemount Leprechaun Days Grand Day Parade sought a little cover from the rain during a portion of the event. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Temperatures throughout the Twin Cities area averaged 15 to 20 degrees below normal, which is more indicative of early October, according to the National Weather Service. The Twin Cities high temperature of 64 degrees on July 27 set a record for being the lowest ever.

What that meant for Leprechaun Days vendors was some of what they were selling, like frozen treats and cold beer, did not move as fast as in past years. The reduced number of people out on Friday and Saturday nights also cut into some sales.

“It’s unfortunate that the weather did not cooperate with us as much as it has in past years,” said Diane Wellman, Leprechaun Days committee president. “Still, the weather was great for most of our events, especially those held in the first eight days.”

The moderate temperatures for those first eight days led to some of the highest participation for the Kiddie Parade, Fishing Derby and other events.

“I was very pleased to see so many young people participating in the Kiddie Parade,” Wellman said.

Only about 30 children dressed up for the Rosemount Lions Club’s parade last year. Since the event was moved to a new location at Camfield Park and the Rosemount United Methodist Church, a greater emphasis was placed on marketing the event.

It must have worked.

More than 100 children walked in the route as 65 units were registered, with many of them including more than one child.

The Fishing Derby, sponsored by CF Industries, had 130 participants, compared to last year’s 117.

Winners were:

• Girls 6 and Under: first – Sophie Erickson-Schulz, 9 inches.

• Boys 6 and Under: first – Kevin Krulich, 8 ¼ inches; second – Cooper Sickman, 7 ¾ inches; third –Jack Erickson-Schultz, 7 ½ inches.

• Girls 7-9: first – Aryanna Loeffler, 8 ¼ inches; second – Olivia Seurer, 8 inches; third – Hailey Eisold, 7 ¾ inches.

• Boys 7-9: first – Emmett Demlow, 10 inches; second – Trevor Ersfeld, 9 inches; third – Caden Davis, 7 ¾ inches.

• Girls 10-13: first – Sydney Essler, 8 ½ inches.

• Boys 10-13: first – Dean Heinen, 10 inches; second –Nate Holm, 8 inches; third – Christian Reiser, 7 ½ inches

Other Rosemount Parks and Recreation events were well attended.

More than 550 youths participated in the Blarney Stone Hunt, sponsored by CF Industries, which had participants collecting items to redeem for prizes. Last year, 530 children participated.

Attendance in Wet ’n’ Wild Day was down from last year’s total of 401 due in large part to a morning rain Wednesday, July 26. Approximately 290 youths participated in the water fun at Jaycee Park.

The Bathtub Races, which raised money for the One Rosemount Feeding Families effort, attracted large crowds on Tuesday, July 25. The final tallyof funds raised was not available as of presstime.

The weather couldn’t have been better for the Bluegrass Americana Festival Weekend from July 18-21.

More than 200 attended the Square Dance that was called by Dick Rueter.

“This is a wonderful community event that folks of all ages enjoy,” said organizer Craig Evans, who also plays banjo in the Eelpout Stringers that played during the dance.

The square dance troupe, the South Metro Stars, were hosts and teachers during the event.

An estimated 2,000 people attended the Bluegrass Americana Festival on Saturday, July 20.

“This year, lots of people came early and stayed for the entire event,” Evans said. “Appreciative comments were plentiful and always enjoyed.”

Quick commodes

The Church of St. Joseph’s second annual Tail Gate Party, Commode Championships and Communal Car Blessing attracted more than 400 people on Saturday, July 27.

In the race of toilet bowls on wheels, five winners used plungers to propel themselves to victory.

In the Celebrity Division, Rosemount Fire Chief Richard Schroeder “put out the fire of” Police Chief Eric Werner, said Bridget Samson, one of the organizers of the event.

“I see a re-challenge set for next year,” she said.

Other winners were: Jon Guden (men), Shannon Fjeld (women), Peter Flynn (11-18) and Matt Weber (10 and under).

“It was an opportunity for the community to come together for fellowship, food and fun with a touch of spiritual blessedness thrown in,” Samson said. “It was simply a beautiful evening where laughter and love shown through. This is what makes this event enjoyable by all. Both kids and adults alike come to enjoy the company of others in a joyous setting. I’m sure next year will even be bigger.”

Hockey tourney

An estimated 500 people participated in the Rosemount Area Hockey Association’s Try Hockey for Free and Street Hockey Tournament.

The event collected a pickup truck full of donated hockey equipment to give to Defending The Blue Line – a nonprofit organization that provides hockey equipment to the families of military veterans.

More than 40 boys and girls took to the ice for the “Try Hockey” sessions, and 100 youths participated in the tournament.

“Everyone had a fun time,” RAHA board member Andy Proshek said. “We had many compliments. We thought it was a great success.”

The winners were:

• Mini Mite: Hat Trick (Josh Toll, Cade Sherman, Dylan Herold, Dylan Hekredle, Carter Ganser, Joe Kegley)

• Mite/U8: Team No. 17 (Drew Gullickson, Wyatt Adam, Tristan Fischer, Carson Blume, Jimmy Nicklay, Henry Stenger)

• Squirt/U10: Green Machine (Tyson Kalata, Jake Peterson, Andrew Villareal, Ryan Alberts, Ryan Roszak, Chase Tuccitto)

Wiffle Ball

Several youths participated in the Rosemount High School baseball team’s fourth annual Wiffle Ball Tournament.

The winners were:

• 4-5 Grade Champions: Kade Paulson, Andrew Murphy, Tommy Luzum, Tyler Linnerooth

• 7-8 Grade Champions: Sam Anderson, Kjell Anderson, Brian Vanyo, Collin Chalmers

• Open Division Champions: Alex Duffy, Alex Tauer, Haden Lanoue, Cole Northwick

The names of the winners in the 2-3 Grade division were not available. (Photos of the winners are below.)

For the gold

Participation in the Run for the Gold and Shamrock Sprint was on par with previous years as 183 people ran in the 4-mile race and 101 in the 1-mile race.

Rosemount residents won both the men’s and women’s divisions of the 4-mile race. Following are the top three in each division.

1 – Calvin Lehn, 19, Rosemount, 20:34

2 – Trevor Capra, 18, Rosemount, 20:53

3 – Chandler Dye, 19, Inver Grove Heights, 21:05

1 – Briana Cleveland, 17, Rosemount, 28:12

2 – Theresa Kavaras, 47, Lakeville, 28:29

3 – Liz Evenocheck, 15, Rosemount, 28:42

Full results are at wayzatatiming.com/roadraces/2013/RosemountRunForGold/4mile.htm.

The top three in each division for the 1-mile race:

1 – Jason Schultz, 44, Lakeville, 5:10

2 – Paul Sampers, 48, Rosemount, 5:19

3 – Daniel Sampers, 15, Rosemount, 5:25

1 – JoJo Acker-Hintgen, 15, Burnsville, 6:29

2 – Tess Grunklee, 13, Rosemount, 6:41

3 – Olivia Paseri, 10, Rosemount, 6:51

Full results are at wayzatatiming.com/roadraces/2013/RosemountRunForGold/1mile.htm.

Medallion Hunt

The Leprechaun’s Lost Medallion Hunt generated plenty of interest this year.

The clues that were posted at SunThisweek.com generated thousands of pageviews and spikes of activity when the hints were posted each of the four mornings the hunt lasted until the medallion was found.

A check of Meadows Park the morning after the fourth clue was released found dozens of people in the park near the place where the prize was ultimately found.

Three 16-year-old boys found the medallion and claimed the $500 prize offered by Sterling State Bank.

The RosemountEvents.com website also had a significant amount of traffic. It had about 12,000 unique visitors for the month of July.

Of the 17,000 page visits it had for July, about 1,900 of those were from California and Florida.

Email Tad Johnson at
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