Coming soon at RLC: Warrior Fest, Preview Day & All-Sport Prospect Day

INA, Ill. (Oct. 5, 2017) – Hundreds of locals will soon make their way to Rend Lake College for a multitude of events that offer something for the whole family. The fifth annual Warrior Fest event, alongside Preview Day, will kick off a day packed with activities at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, with the new All-Sport Prospect Day beginning at 10 a.m.

This year, Warrior Fest will bring back fan favorites, including a car show, vendor and craft fair, activities for children and families, and a demo day, hosted by the RLC Golf Outlet. Many RLC clubs and organizations will also be on campus to share information and treats with attendees, including the RLC Culinary Arts club with a burrito bar and hot dog stand.

Other organizations in attendance will be the Health Information Technology, Radiologic Technology, and Nursing program clubs; staff from the Learning Resource Center, RLC Bookstore, Rend Lake Radio Control Club, and Amateur Radio club.

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

Preview Day

Preview Day, similar to an open house event, will offer prospective students a unique look at RLC and campus life. Attendees should visit the Student Center to register for tours and prizes.

While there, students and parents can speak directly with faculty, staff, and administration. Many student services, such as admissions, advisement, testing, financial aid, scholarships, career services, and support services, will be located in the Student Center’s main lobby. Down the hall, students will find faculty and administrators for each of RLC’s academic divisions: Allied Health, Applied Science, Liberal Arts, and Math & Sciences.

PreviewDayTourGroupWOne Preview Day tour group made their way through the RLC Learning Resource Center during the event last year. Click on the image for a larger view.
(Reece Rutland / RLC Public Information)

Students who register at Preview Day will also have the chance to be entered into a drawing for a scholarship through the RLC Foundation, valued at $250. To enter into the drawing, students will complete a scavenger hunt on campus. The scholarship is non-transferable and must be used during the Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semesters.

Tours of campus for specific programs will also be available upon request. To learn more about Preview Day, contact the Welcome Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1343 or .

Warrior Fest Car Show

Back by popular demand, the Warrior Fest Car Show is sure to bring out hundreds of car and motorcycle enthusiasts. Registration for the Car Show begins at 9 a.m., with judges making the rounds starting at 10:30 a.m. Participants can register until noon and a trophy presentation will finish the day at 2 p.m.

One new award this year will feature the Best Modified vehicle among many other bests, such as Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Rat Rod, Best Orphan, Best Truck, Best Sport Car, Best Street Rod, Best Paint, Top Five from 1995 and newer, Top 15 from 1975 to 1994, and Top 25 from 1974 and older.

Motorcyclists are also invited to enter their bikes for the Best Motorcycle and Top 10 Motorcycles awards. There will also be a Top Five Club Participation Award with a $100 cash prize for the largest participation.

CarShowBestofShow2016BrewerWRichard Brewer of Tamaroa showed off his 1957 Chevy Convertible and Best of Show trophy after the 2016 Warrior Fest Car Show awards presentation. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Dash plaques for the first 100 registrants will be awarded. Entrants can also enter drawings for a 50/50 and door prizes. Live music will be provided by Hot Rod Nights. 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. For more information about the car show, contact Nigel Thompson at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1806 or .

Warrior Fest Children’s Activities

The RLC Foundation Children’s Center is setting up shop under Warrior Way, near the center of campus, during Warrior Fest to offer many activities and fundraisers for attendees.

Topping the list of favorites is Big Truck Day where vehicles and equipment will be parked on campus for children and their families to explore and meet the personnel who drive them. Returning from past years are a tow truck, dump truck, fire truck, ambulance, backhoe, combine, tractor, cement mixer, and two police squad vehicles. Air Evac and Benton Fire Department will be located on the northeast edge of campus for a fly-in around 9 a.m.

RLC AmeriCorps students will be manning several inflatables and will offer free face painting. Project CHILD will offer car seat safety checks for parents and Dental Safari will be available for dental checks near the South Oasis. A silent auction in Warrior Way will raise funds for updating security cameras at the RLCFCC.

BigTruckDay2016WParents and children lined up to climb into tractors and big trucks of all sizes during Warrior Fest in 2016. In addition to Big Truck Day, the RLC Foundation Children's Center also plans to host free events and a silent auction this year. Click on the image for a larger view.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

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. Registration for the Spring 2018 semester begins Wednesday, November 1. The RLCF Children’s Center was recently reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a standard upheld for more than a decade.

For additional information about the children’s events or Big Truck Day, contact Brooke May at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1393 or .

Warrior Fest Vendor & Craft Fair

Located between the Car Show and children’s activities at Warrior Fest will be the Vendor and Craft Fair where local artists and merchants will sell their crafts and unique items. Nearly two dozen vendors have reserved spaces, and will be offering a wide range of items including homemade jewelry, Tupperware, Avon, Scentsy, LuLa Roe, Flower Girls, Sparkling Arrangements, and many more.

VendorFair2016WVendors and crafters showed off their goods during the 2016 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)

Spaces are still available for the Vendor and Craft Fair at $10 per space. For more information or to register for a space, contact RLC’s Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714 or .

RLC Golf Outlet Demo Day

Toward the south end of campus, golfers can take advantage of the Warrior Fest Demo Day, sponsored by the RLC Golf Outlet. Attendees can take advantage of visiting with a handful of major brand representatives and trying out the newest drivers and irons. Callaway, Cobra, Exotics / Tour Edge, Mizuno, TaylorMade, and Wilson will all be available. The free event will offer range balls for participants to test products on the putting range.

For more information about Super Demo Day, contact Danielle Kaufman, Golf Outlet Store Manager, at 618-242-3001. To check out the RLC Golf Outlet, visit or the Rend Lake College Golf Outlet Facebook page.

All-Sport Prospect Day

Athletes from near and far are invited to attend Rend Lake College’s All-Sport Prospect Day, starting at 10 a.m. in Waugh Gymnasium. The free event will feature all eight of RLC’s athletic teams: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

After a morning packed with information and a meet-and-greet, attendees will have a lunch break to attend Preview Day in the Student Center. While there, prospective student athletes can enter into the drawing for a chance to win a scholarship through the RLC Foundation. RLC personnel will also be available to talk about programs, admissions, financial aid, and much more.

After lunch, prospective students will break into their respective sports to speak with coaches and show off their skills.

To learn more about All-Sport Prospect Day, contact Danielle Kaufman at 618-242-3001 or visit online at Interested students should pre-register online to receive a free event T-Shirt.

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