Warrior Fest brings hundreds to campus, Car Show announces winners

INA, Ill. (Oct. 21, 2016) – With more than 100 car show entries, a dozen vendors, and big trucks of all kinds, Rend Lake College's Fourth Annual Warrior Fest offered something for everyone earlier this month. The event featured the popular Car Show on the east side of campus, children's activities and Big Truck Day on the west side of campus, and a craft and vendor market in between. Proceeds from the Car Show went toward scholarships for future RLC students interested in the Automotive Technology program.

WarriorFest2016WA crowd gathers near the RLC Clocktower for the Warrior Fest Car Show awards presentation. There were 105 entrants in the Car Show this year. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

There were 15 special awards for Car Show entrants, plus an award for club participation and top placements for cars and motorcycles. The results are as follows:

Best of Show: Richard Brewer of Tamaroa, 1957 Chevy Convertible

CarShowBestofShow2016BrewerWRichard Brewer of Tamaroa shows off his 1957 Chevy Convertible and Best of Show trophy after the Warrior Fest Car Show awards presentation. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Best Ford: George Farris of McLeansboro, 1928 Ford Model A

Best GM: Bruce Bailey of Collinsville, 1968 Chevy Chevelle

Best Mopar: Travis Branson of Salem, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

Best Street Rod: Kurt Richter of Aviston, 1941 Willy's Coupe

Best Paint: Diane Morgan of Centralia, 1967 Chevy Nova

Best Motor: Jack Reed of McLeansboro, 1934 Chevy 3-Window Coupe

Best Rat Rod: Beverly Heck of Mt. Vernon, 1952 Chevy Rat Rod Pick-Up

Best Orphan: Ned Mitchell of Sesser, 1985 Bentley Mulsanne

Best Truck: Don Ellis of Vergennes, 1965 Chevy C-10

Best Sports Car: John Gales of Kirkwood, Mo., 2006 BMW MZ4

Top 45 Cars: Bob Aydt of Bonnie, 1984 Chevy El Camino; Jeff Bagwell of Zeigler, 1978 Chevy Corvette; Jack Bicanich of Waltonville, 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396; Mike Brasel of Salem, 1972 Chevy Nova SS; Floyd Breeze of Bluford, 1964 Ford T Bird; Ancil Burwell of Mt. Vernon, 1935 Pierce Arrow Pick-Up; Sherry Calvert of Murphysboro, 2006 Ford Mustang; Ken Carpenter of Salem, 1973 Chevy Nova; Chuck Cimera of Mt. Vernon, 1967 Chevy Camaro; Larry Clarke of Mt. Vernon, 1955 Chevy 150; Daniel Dent of Bonnie, 1972 Chevy C10; Elmer Ellis of Murphysboro, 1936 Plymouth P2 Coupe; Steve Gordon of Salem, 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1; Michael Gostowski of Mulkeytown, 2011 Ford Shelby GTS 50 Mustang; Gary and Deb Grafelman of Hanna City, 1966 Chevy Impala SS; Billy Hall of Zeigler, 1968 Chevy Chevelle; Chad Hall of Zeigler, 1954 Ford F100; Dakota Heck of Mt. Vernon, 1981 Chevy Camaro; Ernie Holloway of Mt. Vernon, 1964 Ford Falcon; Mike Hourigan of Salem, 1949 Ford F-1 Pick-Up; Mike Johnson of Mt. Vernon, 1967 Chevy Impala; Michael Key of Sesser, 2015 Nissan 3702 Nismo Tech; Brandon Kraft of Benton, 1965 Ford Mustang; Jerry Lampp of Tinley Park, 1963 Chevy Nova SS; Artie and Stacey Langston of Vandalia, 1973 Chevy Impala; Ken Lomax of Mt. Vernon, 1964 Ford Fairlsne; Roger and Patty Martain of Ramsey, 1957 Chevy Nomad; Barbara Massey of Chandler, Ind., 2007 Ford Mustang; Gary Maynor of Mt. Vernon, 1953 Ford Sunliner; Clayton Medina of Centralia, 2015 Chevy 4x4 Truck; Kirbie Metheney of McLeansboro, 1936 Plymouth 5-Window Coupe; Don Nichols of Mt. Vernon, 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible; Brian Norris of Mt. Vernon, 1982 Ford Fairmont; Steve Packman of Centralia, 1965 Ford Mustang; Richard Page of Mt. Vernon, 1967 Chevy Nova SS; Raymond Ray of Centralia, 1955 Chevy Bel Air; Larry Rich of Wayne City, 1967 Voltswagon Beetle; Ray Sperling of Harrisburg, 1992 Ford Mustang Convertible; Bill Stanton of Murphysboro, 1967 Ford Mustang; Slick Stoops of Murphysboro, 1969 Chevy Chevelle; Rick Taylor of Woodlawn, 1968 Chevy Camaro; John Upton of Flora, 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS 427; Robby Walker of Greenville, 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1; Gary and Kay Wrangler of Sesser, 1937 Chevy Truck; and Tick Zumberac of Sesser, 1957 Chevy Bel Air Coupe.

Best American Motorcycle: Shawn Hanley of West Frankfort, 2010 Harley Road Glide

Best Asian Motorcycle: Starr of Mt. Vernon, 2007 Kawasaki ZX14 Ninja

Best European Motorcycle: Kurtis Meador of Salem, 2006 Honda Shadow

Best Custom Motorcycle: Kurtis Meador of Salem, 2008 Harley Street Rod

Top Motorcycles: Cowboy of Mt. Vernon, 2003 Harley Duce; Nickie and Chuck Redfern of Centralia, 2002 Harley Davidson Fatboy; Kurt Richter of Aviston, 1985 Harley Davidson Wideglide; and Jeremy Wagner of Salem, 2000 Harley 883 Sportster.

Club Participation: Kingsman Car Club of Mt Vernon

To check out all the Car Show photos, visit the RLC Flickr account here.

BigTruckDay2016WParents and children line up to climb into tractors and big trucks of all sizes during Warrior Fest. In addition to Big Truck Day, the RLC Foundation Children's Center also offers inflatables, food, music, dental checks, and hair cuts during Warrior Fest. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

There were also several door prize winners, thanks to event sponsors. Several RLC clubs and organizations were also involved at Warrior Fest, including the Culinary Arts Club, the Radiologic Technology Club, the Student Emergency Fund, the RLC Golf Outlet, the Bookstore, the Automotive Technology Club, the Amateur Radio Club, the Nursing Club, the Health Information Technology Club, the Learning Resource Center, the RLC Foundation, and Studio RLC.

VendorFair2016WVendors and crafters show off their goods during Warrior Fest, near the Car Show on the east side of campus. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

PettingZoo2016WBack by popular demand, a petting zoo was located near the RLC Foundation Children's Center during Warrior Fest. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

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