Fans of the “Star Trek” universe will beam down to the tiny town of Riverside this weekend, the self-proclaimed future birthplace of the TV show’s star, Captain Kirk. This is the 22nd annual Trekfest in Riverside and organizer Tysha Branigan says the costume contest is always a popular event for Earthlings — and others.
Branigan says they usually get a good showing of Klingons which she says is impressive since it’s always hot and those folks are wearing 40 pounds of costume. While a giant mock-up resembling the Starship Enterprise has been a staple at the event’s parade, she says another ship is being added to the fleet with this year’s christening of the Shuttlecraft Riverside.
An out-of-state man built the ship and decided to sell it to the club which jumped at the chance. Events include the parade at 10 AM, a volleyball tournament, a tractor pull, a Star Trek swap meet, a Star Trek scavenger hunt and live music at the Spock-a-palooza. For more information, set phasers to stun and head at warp speed for “www.trekfest.com”.