A number of times during the history of this blog, I have referred to Riverside, Iowa. Just a quick recap… In the movie Star Trek IV, Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner) was asked if he was from outer space. He replied “No, I am from Iowa. I only work in outer space.”
The city of Riverside, Iowa claimed the distinction of being the future birthplace of Captain Kirk and the Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, gave his nod of approval. History was born. The last weekend of June is now the Star Trek “Trekfest”, a celebration of all things Star Trek though mainly only the original series and Next Generation are represented. There are many different events including costume contests, games and contests for pet owners, places to buy and sell memorabilia, and, of course, a cool parade.
Rather than add a lot of rambling verbage, I plan to post each picture with a brief caption. The next post (Sunday or Monday) will detail some really cool places visited during this weekend trip including a “must visit” swinging bridge… Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are the Trekfest 2012 pictures.
One side note: I had contemplated sprucing up the Trekker Van and entering it into the parade. I might do that next year but in the interest of not crapping in my own nest, it was not desirable to draw attention to it as a stealth camper. Perhaps an idea will come to mind for next year.
The Riverside Star Trek Fan Club members
Thank goodness they didn’t talk about universal healthcare coverage…
So there you have it…. Of course, there were other things to see in the parade including the Shriners doing tricks with mini motorcycles and silly cars. Local fire trucks with loud sirens and lots of candy being thrown to the kids added to the excitement. We got to see the local “pork queen” but she was not the least bit “porky”… Being an agricultural area, there were also numerous tractors in the parade, too.