INA, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2013) – New details on the Rend Lake College fall Car Show are being planned to bring out the whole family for a fun-filled day of cars, awards and prizes. The show and activities are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 on the Ina campus.
In addition to the show, a swap meet and flea market, children’s activities, awards and more are all in the works. The show itself will be located in the east parking lot, and the swap meet and flea market will be in the west parking lot. The show, the swap meet and the flea market will begin at 9 a.m. There is a $10 fee to register a car in the show.
“We’re very excited to be doing this fall Car Show and we look forward to having a big turnout,” said RLC Automotive Technology Professor Nigel Thompson. “The more people who come out and enjoy the day with us, the more we raise for Rend Lake College students.”
Judging of the cars will begin at 11 a.m. and participants will be eligible to win several awards: Best of Show, President’s Choice, Best Car, Best Truck, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best GM, Best Paint, Best Motor, Best Interior, Most Original, Top 10 from 1982 and newer and Top 20 from 1981 and older. Photos of the car and owners will be taken by RLC between 1 and 2 p.m.
The trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. and dash plaques will be available to the first 125 participants. In addition to trophies, there will also be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing to benefit RLC student scholarships and event T-shirts for $10.
Future RLC students interested in the Automotive Technology program can also attend the event as a qualification for a new Car Show Scholarship. Students will have to attend the Car Show on Oct. 19 and complete an application process in the spring to be eligible. The scholarship will be awarded for the 2014-15 academic year.
RLC President Terry Wilkerson recently announced that he will match the funds raised by the fall Car Show used for scholarships in the Automotive Technology program.
“The instructors and staff in the Automotive Technology program are taking ownership of their program, as a lot of our faculty and staff do, and I want to encourage and support that initiative,” said Wilkerson. “Money raised by this event will be extremely important to prospective students, and I hope more of the community and car enthusiasts attend to help Rend Lake College reach out to them.”
Attendees can also check out the live entertainment from Hot Rod Nights, located between the two big attractions; activities in the RLC Auto Shop, such as Slot Car Racing and prizes; plenty of vehicle vendors; and food, catered by the RLC Culinary Arts program. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with food ready by 10:30 a.m.
Door prizes are being donated by Tommy T’s of Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon AutoZone, Federated Auto Parts of Mt. Vernon, Bumper to Bumper of Benton, NAPA of Mt. Vernon, the Jefferson County Schools Credit Union, Il-Mo Welding Products of Mt. Vernon, Don’s Stereo and Speed Center of Mt. Vernon and Wilkey’s Airport Restaurant in Mt. Vernon.
For more information, visit online at www.rlc.edu/rlc-car-show.