Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 3, 2013

Car show and safety event planned for April 13

Staff Report
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The RLC MarketPlace Car Show and Playing It Safe Community Health and Safety Fair will be held April 13.

The car show is a new event at the MarketPlace and will coincide with the April Car Care Awareness inspection, a free 41-point vehicle inspection conducted by students in the RLC Automotive Technology program.

The car show will be held on the east side of Potomac Boulevard in the parking lot. The health and safety fair activities will be held on the west side of Potomac at the MarketPlace.

"This should be a great car show," said Nigel Thompson, RLC automotive technology professor. "We're expecting some awesome cars for this event and we hope it's the start of an annual show."

Registration for the car show will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., judging will take place starting at 11:30 a.m. and the awards presentation will be at 2 p.m. For those interested in registering a car for the show, registration is $5. Dash plaques will be given to the first 35 entrants. Trophies will be given for Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Paint, Best Motor and Best Street Rod, as well as for the 10 10 in 1982 and newer models and the top 25 in 1981 and older models.

The free vehicle inspection which will be held is in partnership with the Car Care Council, the Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois and Mt. Vernon NAPA.

In addition to custom and classic cars, the Playing It Safe: Community Health and Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is organized by Project CHILD, the Rend Lake College Child Care Resource and Referral program.

The fair will feature activities and booths sponsored by several community organizations. Project CHILD will be offering child safety seat checks, and will examine child car seats for proper installation and use.

Child fingerprinting will be offered by the Southern Illinois Masons and The Medicine Shoppe will provide information about the proper disposal of prescription medications.

"This event is dedicated to providing safety information in all kinds of areas, from those centered on our children to learning about identity theft," said Tranae Brockhouse, director of Project CHILD. "We're going to have some fun while we're at it, too."

Various activities and booths include Ambulance tours with Litton Ambulance; anti-bullying information from Susan Bishop, bully prevention specialist; bicycle safety by the Conti Cycling Club; blood drive and blood pressure checks from the RLC nursing program; Cove Connection information a mentor program for young mothers or mothers-to-be; CPR and AED by the RLC American Heart Association Training Center; diabetes awareness from the Jefferson County Health Department; disability awareness from Opportunities for Access; early intervention information from Child and Family Connections; fire safety from the Mt. Vernon Fire Department; healthy hair and nails from the RLC cosmetology program; helicopter tours from Air Evac Lifeteam; identity theft from Community First Bank of the Heartland; poison prevention from the RLC Foundation Children's Center; radon testing from the Southern Illinois Radon Task Force; a seat belt convincer simulator from the Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation; sun safety from the United Methodist Children's Home Best Beginnings program; and water safety from the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Department.

For additional information about the car show or to register a car, contact Thompson at 437-5321, ext. 1806 or at For additional information about Playing It Safe, contact Brockhouse at 244-2210 or at