Riverside to unveil Capt. Kirk statue during TrekFest next weekend

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


RIVERSIDE ? Capt. James T. Kirk will finally be coming home to Riverside. Or at least a bronze statue of the revered sci-fi character will be.

TrekFest 2018 is set to blast off in Riverside next weekend as the new bronze bust will be unvieled. Other featured attractions are discussions from keynote speakers, John and Maria Jose Tenuto, sociology professors and StarTrek experts and William Shatner?s favoritge, Barb?s apple pie.

For the 34th year, fans of the classic television sci-fi, as well as its many other incarnations, will boldly go to Riverside for its annual celebration of all things Trek. 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. This year, a statue of Capt. Kirk will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Hall Park

?Finally we have a full sized bronze statue of Capt. Kirk,? Lisa Skriver, director of marketing for TrekFest, said. ?We?ll be unveiling that and people can get a selfie with it. It has been a long time in the making.?

The statue is being delivered from Sioux City, where it was cast, on Friday. Capt. Kirk?s likeness will remain secluded until the unveiling ceremony.

Skriver is also looking forward to special guest speakers John and Maria Jose Tenuto who were recently featured on the Netflix documentary, ?The Toys That Made Us.? They will be giving interactive lectures on this year?s theme movie ?Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan.?

On Saturday, they will hold a tribute for series regular Leonard Nimoy who played the half-Vulcan first officer Mr. Spock on the original series, a character known as one of the most revered in science fiction. Nimoy passed away in 2015.

There will also be plenty of events for people who aren?t interested in Star Trek, including softball and sand volleyball games as well as several bands performing.

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 to 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 barbershop as the ?future birthplace of James T. Kirk.


Schedule of events includes:

Friday Night ? June 29, 2018:

5:30-9 p.m. ? Bouncy Houses and Face Painting

6 p.m. ESO Community Meal

5:30 p.m. ? Bill Riley Regional Talent Show

7 p.m. ? ?The Making of Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan? with John and Maria Jose Tenuto at St. Mary?s Parish Hall

7:30 p.m. ? Pet Show

8 p.m. ? Star Trek Trivia Contest

8 p.m. ? Stage Dedication

8:30 -11 p.m. ? Live Music: The Swing Crew

9:30 p.m. -1 a.m. ? Adult Co-ed Softball Tournament

9:30 p.m. ? Star Gaze: Cedar Valley Astronomy Club

11 p.m. ? Star Trek Movie: ?Into Darkness? on the Main Stage


Saturday ? June 30, 2018

7 a.m.- 12 p.m. ? St. Mary?s Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. ? Trek for the Schools 5k Registration

8 a.m. ? 5k begins at Hall Park (1 mile fun run @7:40)

9 a.m. ? Zumba in the Park

7- 9:45 a.m. ? Bouncy Houses

7:30- 9:45 a.m. ? Live music: Abbie Callahan (voice contestant)

8:30- 9:45 a.m. ? Town ball T-ball games

9 a.m. ? Sand Volleyball Tournament

10 a.m. ? Parade through Riverside

11 a.m. ? Star Trek costume contest on the Main Stage

11:30 a.m. ? Unveiling of our Captain Kirk Bronze Statue in Hall Park

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. ? Bouncy Houses

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ? Kid?s Water Fight at the Fire Station

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. ? Live Music: The Awful Purdies

12 p.m. ? Barb?s Homemade Apple Pies

12 p.m. ? Adult Co-ed Softball Tournament

12-2:30 p.m. ? Highland Wrestling Club Community Lunch

1-7 p.m. ? Riverside High School Robotics Tournament

2 p.m. ? Kid?s Tractor Pull

2:30 p.m. ? A Remarkable Life: A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy with Maria Jose and John Tenuto at St. Mary?s Parish Hall

4-7 p.m. ? Live Music: Chautauqua Road Band

4:30-7:30 p.m. ? Demolition Derby ($10 admission)

Dusk - 10 p.m. ? Fireworks display

8 p.m. -11:30 p.m. ? Live Music: Brutal Republic