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March 31st, 2011

Save Trekfest!!!

Hey bbs!  The Star Trek fandom has a Situation.  Trekfest - the celebration of all things Kirk and Riverside and Star Trek - is in peril and we need your help!

For those of you who don't know what Trekfest is, it's not a major Star Trek con.  No flashy venue, no huge budget.  It's the local town festival of Riverside, Iowa... the official birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.  Since Roddenberry accepted the town's mission to gain the title, the town has dubbed its annual festival "Trekfest."  It's been attended by various Star Trek actors, and has brought revenue to the tiny Iowa town which will (in our beloved fictional universe) give rise to the most famous Captain in Starfleet history.

However, this year, Trekfest might be canceled for the first time in over a quarter of a century.  Why?  Money.  Not only is the economy suffering, but the FLOODING last year caused several local fundraisers to fizzle out.  As a result, the town doesn't even have the money to get Trekfest off the ground.  What's worse is that this event brings IN revenue for the town, which would sink them even deeper into a hole.

So, what can you do, you ask?

First, you don't need to come to Trekfest.  I know that not everyone can.  If you can, you should.  It's FANTASTIC.  And the fine folks or Riverside are wonderful.  Besides, where else can you shoot a game of pool on the very billiards table where George and Winona Kirk are going to conceive our beloved James T.?  But even if you can't come to the event, a few of us have started a campaign to save Trekfest.  We're trying to bring in the big dogs.

You see, when he went to Riverside to film "Invasion Iowa," William Shatner promised to return to Riverside for Trekfest.  Alas, he has yet to return.  Bringing Shatner in might bring money with him.  But hell, the man should just keep his damned promise.

Also, we're trying to rustle up general support for the event.  So first, we need to get word to the Riverside Community Council that the event should be continued, even if they need to run a shoestring budget to do it.  To do this, join THIS FACEBOOK GROUP.  Then, post your own note to the Riverside Community Council, telling them to keep Trekfest alive, no matter what it takes.

The second part of the plan is a simple "fanpage" we're using to get Shatner's attention.  The folks who run Trekfest figure we can get some of the other actual actors to "like" the page... but before we ask them, we want to boost the numbers.  Lots of numbers.  We want this to be a fandom-wide campaign.  And all you need to do is press a "like" button.

So please, go to THIS PAGE, and click "like" to tell William Shatner to keep his promise and come to Trekfest this year.  If you're willing, please leave a comment, too.  Your little message to The Shat, telling why you believe he needs to come to Riverside.  I promise, no spam.  No requests for money.  We just need a a show of support. 

PLEASE CROSS POST!  Post to your geeky friends, your fellow Trekkies, your Trek communities.  Hell, even if they're not Trekkies, our fellow non-Trek geeks understand geeky things.  Ask your anime friends, your Harry Potter friends, your World of Warcraft buddies.  The more, the merrier.  Maybe, we can save Trekfest.

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