Several hundred years ago, a band of the Mdewakanton Dakota Native Americans traveled across the Mississippi River from Dayton’s Bluff to establish a village on a site at Concord Street near Butler Avenue. The tribe was called ‘Kaposia’ which means light of foot.
The Kaposia band of the Mdewakanton Dakota were the first people to settle in our area, which was incorporated as the City of South St. Paul in 1887. The Kaposia Village consisted of about 20 lodges and nearly 100 Mdewakanton Dakota Native Americans, who were a peaceful, friendly tribe and open to the customs of the early settlers.
In 1976, the first city festival was held. When deciding upon a name for our festival, the originating committee looked for something unique. They selected the name Kaposia Days in honor of the Mdewakanton Dakota and their friendly nature. The committee envisioned the community coming together much in the same manner as the Kaposia Indian Village had.
Kaposia Days is a community celebration provided by the community for the community.
Its primary purpose is to improve the quality of life in South St. Paul by developing a sense of community. This is accomplished through leisure time involvement in South St. Paul either through preparation for the celebration or participation in the activities which are oriented toward the family unit.
The next Kaposia Days Board meeting will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Kaposia Club.