RICHMOND -- The focus of this year's Home Front Festival will be young people, involving a new generation in the city's dramatic history from the World War II years that merited creating a national park here.
"Kids Can Do It!" is the theme of this year's celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 inside and outside the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South.
A special exhibit at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center next to the Craneway will debut "Kids in World War II: Imagination & Reality," a new exhibit that will run through next March.
The Richmond Museum of History will have a display of artwork created by children at the city's child care centers during the war, including some that have never been exhibited publicly.
And the festival's Kids Zone will have a video game truck, jump houses, face painting, art projects and games, as well as interactive activities for all ages.
The day starts at 9 a.m. with the popular YMCA Home Front 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk along the scenic shoreline. Those who register at www.homefrontrun.com are eligible for giveaways of sports clothing and other prizes.
The day will feature exhibits; art and food vendors and community and business information tables; the Kiwanis Club of Richmond Classic Car Show; and free one-hour National Park Service guided tours along the bay aboard the amphibious San Francisco Duck craft from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
One of the day's highlights is the annual reunion of Rosies and other home front workers for a photo at 1 p.m.
Celebrants can also ride 1940s buses, which will shuttle between the Craneway and the SS Red Oak Victory at the Port of Richmond.
For more details, go to www.rcoc.com.