Saturday, June 27, 2009

Trek Fest 2009

This weekend was the 25th annual "Trek Fest" community event in Riverside, Iowa, the birthplace of Captain James Kirk. Katie and I went to the parade and festivities this morning and it was awesome. Quite possibly one of the coolest things we've done in Iowa since moving here almost three years ago.

The parade was great. It was fun to watch Abigail watch everything. She enthralled with all the trucks and noises and people walking by. Check out some of these costumes:

Note the Orien slave girl and "Pon Farr" Spock (above). They also had the U.S.S. Riverside:

Quick trivia, Star Trek fans: which movie was the following float modeling a scene from?

Star Trek IV, of course, The Voyage Home. The parade theme was "The Voyage Home" so I thought this was pretty clever. Note the whaling ship at the bottom right and the humpback whale fin at the bottom left.

They even had a "horta-mobile". Only the die-hards will probably appreciate this:

Unfortunately, a few storm troopers didn't get the memo that they never appeared in Star Trek, and certainly never wore Starfleet insignia:

One of the highlights was having some of the original Star Trek actors there for the festivities. At the front of this float was George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), and Walter Koenig (Chekov):

There were people there from all over the country (and rightly so). Check out this license plate from Ohio. You can bet they're hard-core Trekkers:

After the parade there was a costume contest. Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov (or, at least, their actors) were the judges. This guy in a horta outfit won first place in the "supporting cast" category:
Check out these Klingons:

We entered Abigail into the "children's" category at the costume competition. We dressed her up in a Starfleet uniform costume that my mom sent us (it was originally purchased for my sister Denali in 2001). Abigail received an "honorable mention" from the three Star Trek actors (her grandpa would have been very proud of her). She lost to a boy in a "fencing Sulu" outfit - black pants, no shirt, and a fencing sword. I think that George Takei was somewhat biased... ;-)

Overall we had a great time. Definitely one of the best community events I've been to in a long time. And Katie was nice enough to tag along and indulge her geeky husband in some Trekkiness. We especially liked how much attention Abigail got. Everyone commented on what a cute baby she is and several people asked to take a picture of her.

UPDATE (8:00 PM): As you can see from Abby's picture above, Katie did her hair up in two pig-tails on the top of her (Abigail's) head today. On our way out to the car this morning, Katie asked something about whether or not that would be appropriate for the costume contest because she wouldn't look like any particular Star Trek character. The rest of the conversation went something like this:

BEN: She looks like a Martian, she'll be just fine.
KATIE: Yes, but there aren't any Martian Star Trek people.
BEN: Okay fine, she can be an Andorian.
KATIE: Yes, but she's not blue.

This conversation is significant for the following reasons:

A) Katie knew that in the Star Trek universe, there weren't any native Martians.
B) Katie also knew that Andorians have antannae and she understood what I was getting at without me having to explain it to her.
C) Finally, Katie also knew that Andorians have blue skin.

Folks, I think this marriage will last.


Kristy Lynne said...

Chuckle. Chuckle. Chuckle.

Jenny said...

I'm happy even strangers could appreciate Abigail's exceptional cuteness. I want more pictures of her in the little Star Trek outfit, please.

Also, the conversation about martians was entertaining. Well done, Katie. I grew up with Ben (and Lora and the rest of the trekkies) and while I do know that martians aren't in Star Trek, that's about as far as it goes.

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thepurplecow said...

I should have sent daddy's Spock uniform that I made him. You could have worn it. He would have been so excited about the two of you. Katie is a good girl for indulging our family's geekiness. Good job!!!!

joyous said...

I LOVED this post!!! Jim and I laughed so hard. That looks like a great day of fun though. As a recent Trek fan, I appreciated it all.