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Riverside hosts 33rd annual Trekfest

Jun 20, 2017

By David Hotle, Golden Triangle News Service


RIVERSIDE — The weekend fans of the classic Star Trek television series, as well as its many other series, will boldly go to Riverside to celebrate the 33rd running of Trekfest.

In keeping with the official designation of being the birthplace of the first Star Trek captain, James T. Kirk, the town holds the regular event to celebrate the classic science fiction television show.

In 1984, while the city was looking for a theme for its annual festival, city council member Steve Miller wrote to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to request Riverside be named the official birthplace of Capt. James Kirk, the show’s protagonist and one of the most popular science fiction heroes ever created. In a book Roddenberry had written, he stated Kirk was born in a small town in Iowa. The show is set in the 23rd century and follows the intergalactic adventures of Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise.

Roddenberry agreed to allow Riverside to be Kirk’s hometown. On March 25, 1985, the Riverside City Council unanimously voted to declare a spot behind what was formerly the town’s barber shop as the “future birthplace of James T. Kirk.”

Trekfest kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday. No Star Trek celebrities are scheduled to appear during the festival, as they have in previous years.

The events kick off Friday and run through Saturday night. Events this year include:


Friday, June 23 -

5 p.m. Food and beer garden

5:30 - 9 p.m. Free kids games and inflatables, face painting and a clown

6 p.m. 12-U girl’s softball game

6 p.m. Bill Riley Talent Show

6:15 p.m. Kids sign up at Railroad Park with parade at 6:30 p.m.

7 p.m. Star Trek trivia at the railroad park shelter

8:30 - 11 p.m. DJ Music at Hall Park

9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Adult co-ed softball tournament

9:30 p.m. Stargazing with Cedar Valley Amateur Astronomers - Riverside school


Saturday, June 24 -

7 a.m. - noon St. Mary’s Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. 5k trek 4 schools run

7:30 - 9:45 a.m. Tanya English Trio Band

8:30 a.m. T-ball games

9 a.m. Volleyball tournament

10 a.m. Trek parade along Highway 22

11 a.m. Trek costume contest

11 a.m. Food Vendors and beer garden - open all day

11 a.m. Barb’s apple pie

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Free kids games and inflatables

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Fire department kid’s water fights at fire station

Noon - fold band

Noon-2:30 p.m. Iowa Friends for Animals lunch

Noon - Bongo at Hall Park

1 p.m. Weight lifting in shelter

1- 6 p.m. Trek videos in barn

2:45 - 6:15 p.m. Two-Bit Maniac Band

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Demo derby

6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Strays Band

9:30 - 10 p.m. Fireworks

10 p.m. - midnight Cheese Pizza Band


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