Trekkies

“Trekkies” will once again gather in Riverside for Trekfest XXXV June 28 and 29.

Star Trek fans are expected to beam into Riverside, Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 to meet actress and stuntwoman Sandra Lee Gimpel, who played a salt monster and Talosian in Star Trek’s original television series. 

There will be a variety of events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy at Trekfest XXXV in this community long-recognized as the official fictional future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the Starship Enterprise.

“We have an out-of-this-world event planned with lots of good food, free musical entertainment and fun for the whole family,” event director Andy Rodgers said. 

High-energy Cedar Rapids band Crazy Delicious, featuring the vocal talents of Ainsworth’s Nicole Miller, Iowa City’s American Idol contestant Abbie Callahan and Washington’s Community Band top the musical line-up.

Almost all events are at Hall Park, just off Highway 22 and a block south of downtown. Admission is free to the park, where there will be kids inflatables, the main entertainment stage, food and bingo tents, ball fields and sand volleyball courts. 

The always-popular demolition derby will be staged in the arena just south of the park.

Taste-tempting food offerings include St. Mary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, the Highland Wrestling Club’s food tent and Barb’s homemade apple pies, a fundraiser for stained-glass window restoration at the community’s historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

All proceeds from Trekfest, an event organized by Riverside Area Community Club (RACC) volunteers and underwritten by generous sponsorships from local businesses, go back into the community. 

RACC uses Trekfest proceeds to hold annual activities like a Santa visit and Easter egg hunt, support school, civic and church groups and fund community betterment activities.

Trekfest XXXV kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with children’s activities and the Bill Reilly Regional Talent Show on the main stage, followed by a Star Trek trivia contest, talk by special guest Sandra Gimpel, pet show, Abbie Callahan performance, demo derby, Star Trek movie, adult co-ed softball tourney and Astronomy Club-led stargazing session.

Saturday events, beginning at 7 a.m., include the pancake breakfast, 5K and 1-mile runs, inflatables, T-ball, sand volleyball, parade, Trek costume contest, kids waterfight, bingo, Star Trek movie marathon, a second Sandra Gimpel appearance and fireworks. 

Crazy Delicious takes the stage 8-11 p.m. to wrap things up. 

Visit trekfest.org for event times and updates.

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