Star Trek Festival 2012 (Updated)

The USS Riverside – Docked at Riverside, Iowa

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.

Kjell Lindgren, M.D.  NASA astronaut (in the blue jeans)
Klingon Ship (formerly the bad guys)
A Starfleet Shuttlecraft

The Riverside Star Trek Fan Club members

One hot green girl!  (An Orion slave girl)
A “horta”  (native to planet Janus VI in episode “The Devil in the Dark”).  The horta is a peaceful creature living far underground.  It burrows through solid rock by secreting powerful acids.  A silicon based (as opposed to carbon based) lifeform, the horta is somewhat resistant but can be damaged by phaser fire.  After being injured in the episode, the original horta was cured by a cement bandage from Dr. McCoy.
Above is a better picture of a “horta”…
The future of cars!
The Breast Cancer Survivors Float
The Kohms Party (from the Trek episode ‘The Omega Glory’)…
There were two political factions on planet Omega IV,…..   The Kohms and the Yangs.
The Kohms were analogous to the Communists and the Yangs were similar to Yankees.  The theme of this year’s Trek Fest was “The Omega Glory”…

Thank goodness they didn’t talk about universal healthcare coverage…

One of the sweetest girls you will ever meet – 300 years from now!
For souveniers, I bought a hat that says “Trekfest Riverside – Where The Trek Begins”… as well as a keychain, some bumper stickers and a magnet for the van door.

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.

On the way out, I listened to a couple of CDs purchased from “Five Year Mission”, a band that writes and produces songs about each of the original Star Trek episodes.  Check them out at
It is fun music!
Take care and thanks for visiting!    Live long and prosper!

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to Star Trek Festival 2012 (Updated)

  1. Hi Brad,

    Do you realize that you have two posts with the same title? (Star Trek Festival 2012) I have two showing up in my Google Reader. The one from the 29th shows up, but the one from the 28th, that talks about getting back to your job is not there. When I click on the link to read more on the blog, it says the page doesn’t exist. You might try copying the body of the post and insert it into a new post with a different title.

  2. Brad says:

    Hi John,

    I messed up on that… Earlier in the week I started writing a generic shell for this weekend with the intention of tweaking it and publishing later. Unfortunately, I accidentally posted it early. I deleted that post and then put up the latest one with the intention of finishing it tonight. After that, things should be back in sync.

    Do you think it might work better if I delete the Star Trek Festival 2012 page and then replace it with something like “Update Star Trek Festival 2012” and make it a different post? I never thought about the cornfusion it might make with things like Google Reader.

    Thanks for your advice! 🙂


  3. Hi Brad,

    I noticed this morning that the one that is not updated is still showing up, but when clicked on, it says the page doesn’t exist. I was still hoping to read that post, as it talks about how your job is going. I believe that even deleting the whole post won’t get rid of it, as the record of it is still out there on the RSS feeds, so maybe the best thing is to just copy or rewrite the body of it and make a whole new post on the job situation, to bring us up to date, even though it may be a few days old.

    These Google Readers do strange things sometimes. This morning it brought up your post of June 2nd at the top of the opening page, as though it thought it was a brand new post! But when I went to the menu at the left, and actually clicked on the blog name (showing that it had one new post) it took me to the latest post.

    Anyway, we’re still interested in how the job is going.

    It’s been extremely hot here… the hottest we can ever remember. One person from Williford said they read 113 degrees at their place, but ours topped out at 110. Offically, I think the weather channnel said 108, but with all these hills around here, it usually varies by up to five degrees (usually toward the high end) from their “official” readings. (Aren’t you glad you bought that air conditioner when you did?) If it doesn’t cool down this summer, we may have to wait until fall to try out the minivan camper. “Maybe” I’ll have to it done by then! (:>)

  4. Brad says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the note. I will likely post something later this week. The weather is so hot here that it’s hard to do much of anything outside. That 9000 BTU a/c in the van has helped a lot. It’s very comfortable for sleeping.

    The job is doing okay for the most part with the exception of the hours on the feet without a break. Remember when most jobs would give you a break every couple of hours? It’s not required by law – just a half hour lunch break once. They had me on my feet for five hours non-stop the other day and it was almost too much. Bathroom breaks are allowed by law and I make sure and use them as a means to rest the legs a little. LOL.

    Take care!