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Iowa Star Trek Museum Planning Bronze Statue of James T. Kirk

RIVERSIDE, Iowa -- This week at the Iowa State Fair, the famous Butter Cow has some other famous company from the future: The cast of the show Start Trek. That’s been well received at the Riverside museum devoted to the show.

“On the butter cow, I don't know how that came about doing that, but I'm glad they did,” said Mike Meinders of the Voyage Home Museum Board. “Somebody apparently knows something about Star Trek, that this is the 50th anniversary.”

Back in the 1980’s, the town of Riverside, Iowa, applied to be what was described as the future birthplace of Capt. James T. Kirk, Commander of the Starship Enterprise in the show Star Trek.

The original book said that Kirk was born in a small town in Iowa, so Riverside applied to the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, and was accepted as the official site.

"We've got the uniforms a picture uniforms that were used in the series," said Meinders. "We also have a lot of memorabilia which is autographed signed by the stars on loan."

The town is now working to raise $30,000 toward a statue of James T. Kirk, not of butter, but rather a life-sized bronze statue. The Star Trek Museum, called Voyage Home, has been in contact with actor William Shatner to see if he could attend the unveiling of the statue at the next Trek-Fest in June of 2017.

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