Rainbow of Challenges will host their first annual ROCtober Fest on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 a.m. ‘til 5:00 p.m.

The public is invited to join the fun which will be located in downtown Hope and is a rain or shine event.

The day gets underway with the first ever “ROC Underachievers .5K Crawl”, where contestants walk the short festival course while stopping at various breakfast food stops. The last person across the line wins.

Kids of all ages will enjoy a bump-and-jump area, rock climbing wall, and carnival games while adults can play too with a life size Jenga game, Connect Four, Battleship, air hockey, and more.

Numerous vendors will be set up throughout the day featuring food, crafts, and educational information for attendees.

Cars of all makes and models will be staged for the car show throughout the day with winners being announced in the afternoon.

Chili enthusiasts will love taking part in tasting and judging the chili cook-off as area contestants try their hand at the best pot of chili. Categories range from “Slap Yo’ Mama” (hot), to “Namaste & Chil-I” (mild), “P.E.T.A. Chili” (vegetarian), and “Head Hunter” (wild game).

Other competitions include a baggo tournament, bingo, and dominoes games with cash prizes.

No festival is complete without music as live local as area bands and musicians will be scheduled to perform.

Armbands for the event are only $10 for attendees age six and over and children age five and younger are $5.

Entry forms for all competitions may be found on the ROCtober Fest Facebook page and at the ROC website at www.rocoh.org.  

All proceeds from ROCtoberfest will be used to enhance ROC therapy and programming services for children & adults with developmental disabilities.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Block at 870-722-1236.