Details finalized for first-ever Warrior Fest

INA, Ill. (Oct. 14, 2014) – There won’t be a dull moment this Saturday, Oct. 18, at Rend Lake College’s first Warrior Fest. With a full line-up of events ranging from a car show to a flea market to children’s activities, there will be something for everyone in attendance.

Outside of the events, one big highlight of the day will be the awarding of two new scholarships from the RLC Foundation. The Pathway to Success Scholarships will be available for one student attending Warrior Fest and another for a student who is participating in the fest with a club or as a volunteer.

The scholarships are the result of a successful fundraiser to renovate and upgrade the walkways and front façade of the Administration Building. The RLC Foundation matched every dollar raised to establish the scholarships for future students. 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 or [email protected].

Flea Market

Of the three events headlining the day, two will start at 9 a.m. The Flea Market and Big Truck Day event for children will both be held in the west parking lot. Craft and flea market vendors are welcome to participate in the Flea Market event and can register online until Oct. 15 at or at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.  For more information about the flea market, contact Whitney Chaudoin at 618-244-9525, Ext. 2000 or [email protected].

Big Truck Day, children’s events

Big Truck Day at the RLC Foundation Children’s Center (RLCFCC) is an annual event that asks children to get up close and personal with a variety of large vehicles and heavy equipment. In the past, some participants of Big Truck Day included semi-trailers, tractors, dump trucks, and much more. This year, for the first time, there will also be a vehicle from the Illinois Army National Guard’s Company F, 634th Brigade Support Battalion of Mt. Vernon.

Also outside will be inflatables from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., a visit from the Southern Illinois Miners mascot Grounder from 10 a.m. – noon, face painting by the RLC Art Club, pumpkin painting by AmeriCorps, a petting zoo by Franklin County Ag in the Classroom, and a hay ride. Parents with children are also invited to visit safety seat checks by Project Child and dental checks by Dental Safari.

Other children’s activities located in the RLCFCC include an open house to meet the teachers and staff, a silent auction to raise money for playground equipment, door prizes, and registration for spring child care. The 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 Director Brooke May at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1393 or [email protected].

Car Show

The last main event, the second annual fall Car Show, will be held in the east parking lot on campus, starting at 10 a.m. The first 125 participants to register the day of the event will receive dash plaques. Awards up for grabs include: 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. Judging begins at 11 a.m.

Photos of participants and their vehicles will begin at noon and a trophy presentation will follow at 3 p.m. in Warrior Way, located beneath the Academic Building. Hot Rod Nights will emcee the event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Last year, more than 80 cars attended the Car Show. All money raised from the event will be put toward scholarships for future RLC Automotive Technology students. There will also be door prizes and event T-shirts for $10.

For more information about the car show, visit or contact Nigel Thompson at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1806, or [email protected]. All photos of the event will be posted online 7-10 days afterward on RLC’s Flickr account:

Other activities

The fall-themed event will also feature several RLC clubs, including the Horticulture Club hosting a mum and pumpkin sale, the Nursing Club offering health-related activities, the Thespians selling caramel apples and costumes, the Retail Store and RLC Golf Outlet selling books and merchandise, the Outdoor Club holding an energy activity, the Graphic Design Club hosting events, VESTA hosting wine-related events, and the Therapeutic Massage and Cosmetology programs performing hand and chair massages.

There will also be a video gaming party located in the Student Center and food and beverages provided by RLC Culinary Arts, Student Services, Radiology Club, and Student Services. WMIX will provide live music throughout the day.

All information and maps of the event will be located at Warrior Way, beneath the Academic Building, starting at 9 a.m. Shuttles will be available on campus for easy travel. For more information about Warrior Fest, contact Erin Morris at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714, or [email protected]. All registration forms can be found online at

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