Plans for Warrior Fest on Oct. 18 continue to grow

INA, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2014) – More details are being lined out for the first Warrior Fest at Rend Lake College, scheduled for Oct. 18 on the Ina campus. The family-friendly event will feature something for everyone, including a car show, flea market, children’s activities, and much more.

Newer features at Warrior Fest include two scholarship opportunities for current or future students. The Rend Lake College Foundation will host a drawing for two “Pathway to Success” scholarships, one for a student attending Warrior Fest and one for a student who is participating in a club or event as a volunteer.

The “Pathway to Success” campaign started this year to both raise money for scholarships and renovate and upgrade the walkways and front façade of the Administration Building. In addition to on-going work on the walkway and building, the RLCF has also guaranteed to match every dollar raised to establish scholarships for future RLC students. Foundation CEO Shawna Bullard said the scholarships are two of many that will be created by the “Pathway to Success” campaign.

“The campaign includes a match approved by the Foundation Board to create a scholarship endowment. We hope that our students make the connection between the pavers and their scholarships; the words etched in stone and the fact that people that they may never meet have invested in their future,” said Bullard. “We hope they understand there are companies and individuals that care about their education, and through that, we hope that they are encouraged in their schooling.”

The scholarships will be for a current student for the spring 2015 semester or for a high school student entering RLC in the fall of 2016. For more information about the scholarships, contact the RLC Foundation at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1214.

In addition to giving out scholarships, part of Warrior Fest will be raising money for scholarships for students in RLC’s automotive technology program. Last year, the first-ever fall Car Show brought out more than 80 cars, raising hundreds of dollars for the program’s scholarships. Lori Ragland, Dean of Community and Corporate Education, said building onto the car show event was the small idea that has grown into Warrior Fest.

“The car show last year was a huge success and we wanted to build on it by adding more things to see and do for the whole family,” said Ragland. “The idea is to have something for all ages and interests, so we’ve planned a flea market, children’s events, and much more. We still have some things in the works, but it’s shaping up to be a really full and exciting day.”

The car show will start at 10 a.m. with registration in the east parking lot for $10 per automobile. Dash plaques will be available to the first 125 participants. The official judging of the cars will begin at 11 a.m. and participants will be eligible to win one of several awards, including Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Street Rod, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Motor, Best Rat Rod, Best Motorcycle, Best Truck, Best Sport Car, Top five 1995 and newer, Top 15 1975-1994, and Top 25 1974 and older.

Glisson mBEST OF SHOW - Chris Glisson's 1977 Mustang Cobra took home the life-size trophy last year for winning "Best of Show" at the first Fall Car Show hosted at RLC. This year's event will feature a number of new awards for participants. Click on the image for a larger view.

Nigel Thompson, RLC Automotive Technology Professor, said the show will be a little different this year, based on the turnout and participation from last year’s event.

“There are several new awards that will be given out this year at the car show, including Best Street Rat Rod, Best Sport Car, and Best Motorcycle. We wanted to try and include everyone who wants to participate,” said Thompson. “I’m excited to think we’re going to have a big turnout and help raise money for our automotive students.”

RLC will be on-hand to take photos of the cars and their owners between noon and 2 p.m. The trophy presentation will follow around 2 p.m. in Warrior Way, located underneath the Academic Building. In addition to trophies, there will also be door prizes and event T-shirts for $10. Hot Rod Nights will emcee the show.

For more information about the car show, contact Thompson at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1806 or at . Information can also be found online at

In addition to the car show, a Flea Market will be kicking off the day’s activities at 9 a.m. Craft and flea market vendors are welcome to register for the event, which will be held in the west parking lot on the Ina campus. Registration forms are available online at and can also be picked up at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.

Spots at the flea market are $10 each for a 12-by-12 foot space. The flea market will end at 3 p.m. For more information about the flea market, contact Whitney Chaudoin at 618-244-9525, Ext. 2000 or .

The flea market won’t be the only standout on the west side of campus. The RLCF Children’s Center Big Truck Day will encourage children to get up close and personal with a variety of big trucks, heavy equipment, and machinery. New to the event this year will be a vehicle courtesy of the Illinois Army National Guard's Company F, 634th Brigade Support Battalion in Mount Vernon.

In addition to dozens of trucks, Center Director Brooke May said there will also be other events going on, including a petting zoo, inflatables, tours of the center, and a silent auction to raise funds for playground equipment.

“All of our families love Big Truck Day and it is a great way for the community to get a chance to see our center from the inside and to experience the high quality child care that we provide,” said May. “During Big Truck Day, we encourage the children to get up close to the heavy equipment, climb inside, talk to the drivers, and really get their hands dirty. Very often, young children are most interested in large equipment but never get the chance to get near it. This event provides a safe environment for children, young and old, to have an opportunity to experience large, heavy-duty machinery.”

CAT ScoopSCOOP SITTING - Four children played in the scoop of a Caterpillar at the last Big Truck Day near the RLC Foundation Children's Center. A number of big trucks and machinery are expected to make an appearance at Warrior Fest in October.

The event is being held from 9 a.m. until noon and is a great way for parents and caregivers to meet the center’s teachers and staff, and pre-register for child care in the spring. Door prizes will also be given out to those who tour the facility and stop by the silent auction. The RLCF Children’s Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for more than a decade.

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

The fall-themed event will also feature hay rides, video gaming, hand and chair massages by the RLC Therapeutic Massage and Cosmetology programs, food and beverages provided by RLC Culinary Arts, and much more.

For more information about Warrior Fest, contact Erin Morris at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714 or . All registration forms can be found online at

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