Riverside Iowa is known the world over as the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. Each year on the last full weekend of June, Riverside hosts its town festival, Trekfest! Trekfest is a celebration of all things Star Trek. For the full story on how Riverside was bestowed with the great honor of Captain Kirk’s birthplace, check out the following website which provides all the details: www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2081
After thirty-six years of Trekfest, the U.S.S. Riverside (NCC-1818) and her shuttle craft are in desperate need of dry dock. (for the non-nautical people, that means repair) Like all small towns across this great nation, funding for any discretionary projects can be a challenge. The responsibility of upkeep for the U.S.S. Riverside and other assets for Trekfest fall upon the 100% volunteer organization called the Riverside Area Community Club (RACC).
While the City of Riverside does supply some financial support for events, RACC is responsible for the maintenance of assets and the actual festival operations. We do not have the manpower to do fundraising all year round. Just like you, we have homes and families to take care of as well other commitments to contend with (Church, school, children, jobs, and much more). Please consider our request seriously. We need your help!
Our goal is to restore our community pride and joy, the U.S.S. Riverside, to her original mint condition. The U.S.S. Riverside is a touring display that represents our town and thus it is very important to our community that it not only looks good but must also be road worthy. We want all of our future visitors taking selfies and other memorable photos with the U.S.S. Riverside to have the best opportunity possible to make a lasting and attractive memory. Any funds remaining after restoration of the U.S.S. Riverside will be applied to the shuttle craft repairs and lastly, if funds allow, infrastructure needs of Trekfest.
If you would like to learn more about Trekfest, please visit our website at www.Trekfest.org. We also have a wonderful history museum at www.voyagehomemuseum.org/our-location. If you are coming from another galaxy to partake in Trekfest we whole heartedly recommend staying at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. It is an incredible place to stay, they have a fantastic staff that will make your stay an out of this world experience.
We thank you in advance for your consideration to our project.
Live Long and Prosper!