Final preparations are being made as 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.

The day gets underway early at 9:00 a.m. with the first ever “ROC Underachievers .5K Crawl”, where contestants walk the short festival course while stopping at various breakfast “aid” stations. The last contestant across the line wins.

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

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

Cars of all makes and models will be staged for the car show with winners to be 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).

Also scheduled are bingo and dominoes competitions with cash prizes.

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

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 ROCtober Fest will be used to enhance ROC therapy and programming services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, please contact Jennifer Block at 870-722-1236.