Saturday’s Trekfest parade will launch at 10 a.m.

Riverside will be the center of the Star Trek universe this weekend with Trekfest XXXV.

This year’s theme is “Aliens of Star Trek,” with special guest actress/stunt woman Sandra Gimpel, who played the memorable “Salt Vampire” in the episode “The Man Trap.”

Gimple will be signing autographs and meeting fans at 7 p.m., Friday at the Voyage Home Museum and at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at the Riverside Fire Station.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m., Friday with a vendor fair and bouncy houses at Hall Park. The Bill Riley Regional Talent Show takes the Red Barn Stage at Hall Park at 5:30 p.m.

Hall Park will also host a pet show at 7:30 p.m., and singer/songwriter Abbie Callahan, a former contestant on “The Voice,” on the Red Barn Stage at 8:30 p.m.

The demolition derby will be in the pit at the east corner of Hall Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the demolition derby is $10.

At 8 p.m., there is a Star Trek trivia contest at Purple Park.

The Cedar Valley Astronomy Club hosts a star gaze at 9:30 p.m. at Highland Elementary School.

The night ends with Star Trek shows at the Red Barn Stage.

Saturday kicks off with a pancake breakfast at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 7 a.m.-noon

The 5K run is scheduled to launch at 8 a.m. at Hall Park.

A parade through the streets of the future birthplace of Capt. James T. Kirk gets underway at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m., there will be a Star Trek costume contest on the Red Barn Stage.

The kids’ bouncy houses at Hall Park open at 11 a.m. and continue until 9 p.m.

The fire station hosts a kids’ water fight from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Tanya English Band will rock the Red Barn Stage from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

At Highland Elementary School, the robotics team will host a robotics tournament from 1-7 p.m.

Crazy Delicious takes the Red Barn Stage at 8 p.m. and will play until 11:30 p.m.

The weekend culminates with a fireworks display at dusk.

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