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Richland Hosts Atomic Frontier Day at Howard Amon Park - 09/05/19

Richland - Join us for Atomic Frontier Day! This free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Howard Amon Park, Richland. The City of Richland, along with several community partners, will be hosting this throwback event to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project.

The event kicks off with a community parade at 11:00 a.m. Citizens are invited to line the sidewalks of the parade route which will take place on Jadwin Ave. from Symons St., south to Mansfield St. 

Following the parade, attendees are encouraged to make their way to Howard Amon Park. Opening ceremonies will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the iconic fingernail stage (see below for a schedule of events). Attendees will be taken on a journey similar to those of the early workers of the Manhattan Project. They will receive a souvenir, security badge/lanyard and be asked to visit exhibitors/booths seeking the required clearance to gain fictional access to the Hanford site.

Other partners will also be in the park sharing their stories and providing additional free activities for kids and families. The Wanapum Native American Discovery Unit Bus will be present, as well.

A replica Hanford era office and living room will be on display in the nearby Richland Community Center along with a “Remembrance Room”. Our community members are invited to bring in photos to add to the displays and share memories. Historical documentaries and films will also be playing throughout the afternoon.

Enjoy the free entertainment throughout the day on the fingernail stage, visit one of the food vendors or purchase tickets for the mess hall dinner.

The event will conclude at 8:00 p.m. 

Parade

The Atomic Frontier Day Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Jadwin Ave./Symons St. in Richland (near the Uptown Shopping Center) The parade will progress south on Jadwin to Mansfield St. (just north of the federal building). 

Applications for interested parade participants will be accepted through September 6th. To apply to participate in the Atomic Frontier Day Parade, please complete the form at: https://richlandwa.seamlessdocs.com/f/AFDparade

Participation is subject to approval. Keep in mind the era and overall theme of the event!

Seating

A limited number of chairs will be available for the opening ceremonies and for use throughout the day to sit and enjoy the entertainment on the stage. If possible, citizens are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets to enjoy the day long festivities and entertainment at the Fingernail Stage.

Mess Hall Dinner

Mess Hall Dinner tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $7.00/each and are available for pre-purchase at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. There will be two dinner services: 4:30pm and 6:00pm. The dinner will be served in a replica mess hall in Howard Amon Park under a tent. The meal will consist of: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, beans, Jell-O salad, dinner roll and icebox cake. There will be a limited number of tickets on sale the day of the event at the park.  Space is limited so attendees are encouraged to buy your tickets before the event!

Oral History and Historical Photo Display

In partnership with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Northwest Public Broadcasting we are excited to also bring a “Remembrance Room” to the Richland Community Center for Atomic Frontier Day. Northwest Public Broadcasting will be video recording short personal histories from participants that will be used by the Hanford History Project and the National Park Service for interpretation and educational purposes. You can sign up to share your stories using the following link: https://www.nwpb.org/atomicfrontierday/

In addition, citizens are encouraged to provide photographs for the walls of the “Remembrance Room”. Photographs can be submitted via email to dhistory75@gmail.com">hanfordhistory75@gmail.com or brought to the Richland Community Center on September 14th. We would like to gather photographs that show life in our area from before WWII through the end of the 1950s.

Parking

Parking is available at the Federal Building parking lot on Jadwin Ave. and at the corner of Jadwin Ave. and Lee Blvd. Ben Franklin Transit will be offering a free shuttle bus from Fran Rish Stadium, 739 Stevens Dr. to GWW and Lee Blvd. every 20 minutes starting at noon. The last pick-up from the park will be at 8:20 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

(Note: schedule is subject to change - schedule will be updated at www.ci.richland.wa.us/atomicfrontierday and the Facebook event page)

11:00 - Parade (Jadwin Avenue - Symons St. to Mansfield St.)

1:00 Welcome Ceremony (Fingernail Stage in Howard Amon Park) Exhibitors will be open from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

2:00 Bomber Flyover

2:15 Family members of the Day’s Pay Crew

2:30 Mid-Columbia Musical Theater

3:00 Mid-Columbia Mastersingers

3:30 Richland Players Theater

4:00 Diamond Ridge Cloggers

4:30 Mid-Columbia Symphony

5:00 Academy of Children's Theatre

5:30 Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet

6:00 - 8:00 Less Stress and the Testers Swing Band and Swing Dance performers.

8:00 Event Ends

More information about this event can be found at www.ci.richland.wa.us/atomicfrontierday.

Attached Media Files: Atomic Frontier Day Flyer
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