Richmond Grasps Rosie Record

Attendees gather to surpass world record, honor history

Cody Casares / The Advocate
Over 2,200 attendees gathered together to beat the previous Guinness World Record of 2,096 during the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front festival at The Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on Aug. 13.

By Cody Casares, Photo Editor

The Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park, along with other sponsors, hosted 2,275 attendees in Rosie the Riveter costumes, setting a new world record, at the annual Home Front Festival at the Craneway Pavilion on Aug. 13.

The previous record was 2,096, set on Oct. 24, 2015 in Willow Run, Michigan. Following the record count, participants paraded to Marina Bay Park for entertainment and food, as well as to visit various community organization booths.

Attendees were given a chance to meet and hear first-hand stories from original Rosies like Mary Torres.

The 92-year-old left her home at the age of 18 on a one-way ticket from her home in Pennsylvania to California to answer an advertisement for free housing and guaranteed work in support of the World War II effort.

She spent the rest of World War II working as a welder in the Richmond Shipyards.