Rosie Rally 2017: Richmond Record-Breaker Ahead

Don your best Rosie the Riveter look and head for WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

ROSIE THE RIVETER... was a beacon of strength, and hope, during World War II, but confining the iconic image's reach solely to the time period doesn't tell the full story behind the powerful poster. Generations born long after the 1940s continue to look to the thousands of real women who went to work in the factories and on the assembly lines during the war for inspiration, and to the illustration itself, which will forever represent bravery, fortitude, and can-do-a-tude, too. That illustration, though, isn't confined to posters and t-shirts and the many other places it still memorably appears; thousands of Rosie fans turn out each summer in Richmond to dress as their idol, to meet and bond, and to uphold the ideals of what Rosie the Riveter so winningly represents. And we do mean "thousands," no embellishment or exaggeration required. For the...

HOMEFRONT FESTIVAL AND ROSIE RALLY... at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is the setting for an annual Guinness World Record attempt. It's when Rosie tributers gather for "The Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Rosie the Riveter," and the Saturday, Aug. 12 event is going to be gargantuan, as is tradition. Well, it has to be if it is to break the 2016 record (and, yes, "defend" it, too) of 2,229 Rosies appearing in one place. Own a red polka-dotted kerchief? Some denim? Are you ready to flex some muscle? Here's the information you need, Rosies. The heart-gladdening day isn't solely about the historic snapshot, though; the Homefront Festival includes the appearance of Franklin D. Roosevelt's yacht the Potomac, as well as plentiful exhibits, kidly activities, vintage vehicles like a '40s-era bus, and "an air craft cockpit display from the USS Hornet." Food truck vittles and live sounds fill out the jubilant come-together, one that honors the mighty icon and all that Rosie still so dynamically represents.

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