RICHMOND -- The annual Home Front Festival, which is pegged around the city's Rosie the Riveter World War II/Home Front National Historical Park, will take place Oct. 12 even if the park visitors center and offices remain closed because of the federal shutdown, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce announced.
"Despite their temporary furlough, this year's Home Front Festival will still take place as scheduled," the chamber stated in an announcement, "and will offer its usual entertainment and activities. If the closure ends we have been assured the National Park Service will be there in full force.
"We at the Richmond Chamber and our sponsors would like to express our greatest appreciation for the Rosie the Riveter World War II/Home Front National Historical Park and its work to preserve our precious Richmond history."
"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.
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.
A 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.