Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Richmond rally readies for new run at Rosie the Riveter record

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RICHMOND — The city will try to raise the bar on the verified world record it set last year and you’re invited to be part of it.

The annual Rosie Rally and Home Front Festival on Aug. 12 at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, will again seek a new Guinness World Record for most people gathered at one time dressed as the Rosie depicted in the famous World War II morale-boosting poster.

 Check-in will start at 10 a.m. at the Craneway and those who want to be counted should arrive before 11 a.m.

Anyone dressed as “Rosie” — women and men, girls and boys — are welcome to participate. They just need to wear the required dark blue collared work shirt and dark blue pants (or dark blue coveralls), and work boots. The ensemble is topped of with a red polka dot bandanna “worn in traditional style” on the head. No overalls or headbands, please.

Richmond took back the record last August when 2,229 men and women wearing the required outfit came to the Craneway. That broke the old mark set earlier last year at the historic Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is holding off on its next record attempt until next year and organizers of the Richmond event are hoping to make it hard for their friendly rival by having 5,000 Rosie look-alike participants at the rally.

Like the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park itself, which has its visitors center next to the Craneway, the rally is a salute to the women who stepped up in defense industry jobs on the wartime home front, setting off significant social changes in the process.

Once the official record tally is taken there will be a parade to nearby Lucretia Edwards Park at the foot of Marina Way South for food, activities, entertainment and dancing at the free Home Front Festival from noon to 4 p.m. More festival activities will be held on board the SS Red Oak Victory at the Port of Richmond, and there will be shuttles running between the sites during the afternoon.

The rally is hosted by the nonprofit Rosie the Riveter Trust, the nonprofit organization supporting the national park and its programs in the community.

Organizers, including Visit Richmond, the city’s visitors bureau, are lining up discount opportunities for rally goers at local businesses, and the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store at Mountain Hardwear in the same building as the Craneway will be offering discounts that day to all official participants.

“We are asking that folks register for the rally at the Rosie the Riveter Trust’s website, www.rosietheriveter.org/RosieRally2017, so they can receive updates on the event and on the discounts being offered to participants,” the trust says.

“For those who want to help, but don’t want to dress up, we need lots and lots of volunteers. Volunteers should email the trust at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and options,” the trust notes.

By CHRIS TREADWAY | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Original Article: San Jose Mercury News

Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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