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Atomic Frontier Day

  • Date: 09/14/2019 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM  
  • Location: Howard Amon Park
    500 Amon Park Dr.
    Richland , Washington 99352
  • Introduction: In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project, the City of Richland and other community partners are hosting "Atomic Frontier Day".

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In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project, the City of Richland and other community partners are hosting "Atomic Frontier Day". This event honors a community event popular in the early days of Hanford. Atomic Frontier Day brings back to life the 1940’s era with music, games, and Hanford related exhibits. There will be a community parade along Jadwin Avenue, followed by a full day of activities in Howard Amon Park complete with a mess hall dinner and storytelling at its finest.

Participants will receive a souvenir security badge with a photo and are encouraged to visit all exhibitor booths to receive stamps and ultimately top secret security clearance. This fun, educational activity brings early culture at Hanford to life, and teaches about the history and legacy of our region. The event is free to the public with activities for the entire family. Food vendors will be available with items to purchase including an authentic mess hall dinner. For more information, please contact Sherry Gartside at 942-7462. 

PARADE:

Parade kicks off at 11:00 am at the Uptown in Richland. Parade starts at Symons and travels south to Mansfield St. along Jadwin Avenue. 

MESS HALL DINNER TICKETS FOR SALE!

Mess Hall Dinner tickets are now on sale. The cost is $7.00 each and must be purchased at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. There will be two dinner times: 4:30pm and 6:00pm and will be served at Howard Amon Park under the canopies. The meal will consist of: meatloaf, mashed potatoes/gravy, beans, jello, dinner roll and cake. There is a limited number of tickets and you don’t want to miss out on the dinner of the year!

PARTICIPATE IN THE REMEMBRANCE ROOM:

The Hanford History Project is excited to be partnering with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Northwest Public Broadcasting to bring a "Remembrance Room" to the Richland Community Center for the City of Richland's Atomic Frontier Day on September 14th.

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. We hope to gather stories that will open the door to a deeper understanding of the social history of our local community during a time of profound change locally and globally. We would especially like to gather stories related to the lesser known aspects of the Manhattan Project including the role of minorities; histories of pre-Hanford residents and tribal members; and business owners, civic leaders, and community members who lived in the Tri-Cities before and during the Manhattan Project era. You can sign up to tell us your stories using the link below!

https://www.nwpb.org/atomicfrontierday/

Also, we are encouraging people to provide photographs for the walls of the Remembrance Room. Photographs can be submitted via email to hanfordhistory75@gmail.com or brought to the Richland Community Center on September 14th. We are hoping 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.

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.

KIDS ZONE ACTIVITIES 2-6 PM

  • 25 yard Dash
  • Egg on Spoon
  • 3 legged races
  • 4 legged race
  • Potato Sack Race
  • The Duck Pond
  • Hula Hooping
  • Cake Walks
  • Beachball Volleyball
  • Sidewalk chalk & hop scotch
  • National Park Service/Sagebrush Montessori - Dice-o-tope game
  • Richland Arts Commission - Alphabet House Coloring & Mapping activity

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Note: schedule subject to change)

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

1:00 Welcome Ceremony (Fingernail Stage in Howard Amon Park)

2:00 Flyover

2:15 Days Pay Crew Members Tribute

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

8:00 Event Ends

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