Thursday, July 16, 2015

Richmond event will seek record for most women dressed as Rosie the Riveter

Richmond event will seek record for most women dressed as Rosie the Riveter

RICHMOND -- The city that shattered records for shipbuilding during World War II is now setting its sights on breaking a record by having the most people dressed as home front icon Rosie the Riveter assembled at one time.

Organizers -- including the Rosie The Riveter/ World War II Home Front National Historical Park, the Rosie the Riveter Trust, the Richmond Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and the city -- are hoping at least 1,000 women and girls will join the Rosie Rally event from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at Marina Bay Park at the corner of Regatta Boulevard and Melville Square. The assemblage will be at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial sculpture.

The goal is to wrest the Guinness World Record from Ypsilanti, Michigan, which brought together 776 people wearing the approved Rosie garb.

Richmond, as the official site of the nation's tribute to the workers of the World War II home front, is out to make history by bringing the record home.

There are requirements for those who want to participate and help set the new mark.

Organizers say all participants must wear:

  • Red bandanna with large white polka-dots (hair should be pinned up, not down or in a ponytail).
  • Dark blue long-sleeve coveralls or long-sleeve dark blue collared shirt and dark blue pants.
  • Red knee socks.
  • Black or brown boots or work shoes.

Not allowed are faded denim jeans, denim shirts, bib overalls, T-shirts, or sweatsuits.

To assist with the wardrobe, the Rosie the Riveter Trust is offering an official bandanna and pair of red socks for $7, available at the event or in advance at the national park visitor education center.

Free bandannas and socks will be given to the first 100 people to arrive at the memorial on the day of the event.

For more details or to volunteer email Allison Joyce or call 510-232-5050, ext. 6632.

A Facebook page for the event is at www.facebook.com/events/1654960324738745/.

By Chris Treadway for the Contra Costa Times. Read the original article here

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

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