Rend Lake College's Warrior Fest is this weekend

Ina, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2016) - Rend Lake College invites everyone to attend the third-annual Warrior Fest celebration. Promising something for everyone, this year’s event runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, on the Ina campus.

Vendor Fair

Rain or shine, the Warrior Fest Vendor Fair will offer visitors an opportunity to peruse a variety of goods.

Current vendors include:

Name Craft / Item
Elizabeth Benson Gold Canyon candles, warmers; Hickory Nut House crafts
Jan Bond Dispensers, framed pictures
Joy Boring Tupperware
Jessica Clinton Mary-Kay Cosmetics
Susan Devoy Doterra Essential Oils
Sarah Draper Handmade glass beaded jewelry
Amber Edmonds It Works
Amanda Gaines Thirty-One
Carol Hall Floral crafts, yard art
Beth Hassler Rodan & Fields
Rhonda Holman Cards, signs, vinyl decorations
Leona Johnson Avon
Coty Reed Perfectly Posh
Emily Shands Pampered Chef
Samuel Smith CDs and books by local artists
Timmy Crack Corn Kettle popcorn
Carl Storer Rada, cooking and decorative glassware; collectable sports and cartoon glasses
Kelsey Stortzum Matilda Jane
Tammy’s Painted Pumpkins Painted pumpkins
Monica Tinsley Handmade crafts, mason jar decorations, painted items
Jeanette Wangler Embroidered, hand-painted items
Nadine Wilson Pink Zebra
Brittany Wilton Scentsy
Phyllis Yohe Bird feeders, wind chimes, stained glass
Jennifer Zinda LuLaRoe

Anyone interested in being a vendor for the market may still sign up. Spots for the vendor and craft fair cost $10 each for a 12-by-12 foot space. Registration forms can be picked up at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon or the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division in Ina, and can also be sent via email. The booth fee is non-refundable. Vendors may begin setting up at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended, but spots will be available in a first-come-first-serve basis the day of the market.

To download the vendor registration form, click here. Return the completed form to Whitney Waldman, 327 Potomac Blvd, Suite G, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. For more information about the flea market, contact Waldman at 618-244-9525, Ext. 2000 or .

Food, beverages, fireworks, offensive videos or photos, illegal items, firearms, items that infringe upon registered trademarks or anything that would harm RLC’s property or reputation are prohibited. RLC has the right to request items be removed from campus. All items must be removed from campus at the conclusion of Warrior Fest.

Children’s Activities

ChildrenOnTractorBigTruckDay2015WBig Truck Day will be making a return to this year's Warrior Fest. Several vehicles will be on hand for children to learn about and explore. Click on image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer/RLC Public Information)

Younger attendees will have plenty of entertainment to take advantage of as well.

The highlight of the children’s activities centers on the Big Truck Day. Always a big draw, the event allows youngsters to get up close and personal with semi-trucks, tractors of various sizes, a tow truck, a dump truck and all first responder vehicles: a police car, an ambulance and a firetruck.

All participating vehicles will be parked in the west lot outside the Rend Lake College Foundation Children’s Center (RLCFCC). Trained professionals will be on-hand to let children climb inside and learn about the equipment.

In addition to the Big Truck Show, children will be able to play in inflatables manned by RLC AmeriCorps students. RLC’s Project CHILD will offer car seat safety checks for parents in the west parking lot. Children will also have the chance to feed several goats in the petting zoo. As a bonus, the Williamson County Motor Patrol, hosted by the local Shriner’s organization, will make an appearance during Warrior Fest.

Inside the RLCFCC’s recently-opened Skill Development Room, children and parents can participate in free haircuts by licensed cosmetologist Lauren Friar and free dental checks by Dental Safari. Party Town DJ will provide entertainment during the event, and carnival-type food will be available for purchase outside.

A silent auction will line the hallways of the RLCFCC to raise funds to upgrade security cameras at the center. Free door prizes will also be available for those in attendance.

Throughout the day, parents of students who attend or wish to attend the Children’s Center will also have a great chance to meet the center’s teachers and staff and tour the facility. A pre-registration sign up for potential students in the spring will also be available. The RLCF Children’s Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for more than a decade.

Car Show

WarriorFestCarShow1 wA popular part of Warrior Fest, the annual car show will see participates vying for prizes to benefit RLC Automotive Technology student scholarships. Click on image for a larger view.(ReAnne Palmer/Public Information)

Some of the sweetest rides in the area will be making a return for the popular Car Show component of Warrior Fest.

Registration for show participants begins at 9 a.m. and runs until noon. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m. and awards are announced at 2 p.m. Cars will be competing for: Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Street Rod, Best Paint, Best Motor, Best Rat Rod, Best Orphan, Best Truck, Best Sports Car, Top Five from 1995 and newer, Top 15 from 1975 to 1994, and Top 25 from 1974 and older. Motorcycles will vie for: Top 10 Motorcycles, Best American Motorcycle, Best Asian Motorcycle, Best European Motorcycle, and Best Custom Motorcycle. There will also be a Club Participation Award.

Participants will also be entered to win door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Hot Rod Nights will emcee the event and assist with the drawings. Photos of each entry and owner will be taken by RLC between 10 a.m. and noon. All photos will be posted online for free viewing, downloading, and sharing at RLC’s Flickr site:

The $10 registration fee to enter the Car Show will go toward student scholarships in the Automotive Technology program. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entrants. For more information about the car show, contact Nigel Thompson at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1806 or .

Other Activities

The RLC Foundation will be holding a scholarship giveaway in conjunction with the event.

There will also be: a “closest to the pin” contest hosted by the RLC Golf Outlet on the putting range at the south end of campus, hand massages by Studio RLC near the fountain and pumpkins and mums for sale by Marlow’s Pumpkin Patch.

Several RLC clubs will also have booths set up near Warrior Way: RLC Bookstore, RLC Automotive Tech Club, Amateur Radio Club, RLC Nursing Club and RLC Health Information Tech Club will all be represented.

Concessions will be available during Warrior Fest and will be prepared by the RLC Culinary Arts Program.

For more information about Warrior Fest, contact RLC’s Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714.

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