Horizon Hobby RC Fest

Save the Date for RC Fest 2019!
June 7, 8 & 9

More to come! Check back frequently for new updates.

Surface Events

  • King is the Hill
  • Monster Truck Freestyle
  • Crawling Time Trails
  • Open Crawl/Try me
  • Off road try me
  • Night crawling
  • Monster Truck racing
  • Mud bog racing
  • RC Pulling
  • Toll Gate race
  • 1/8 off road race
  • Speed run/Long Jump
  • Sumo war

Air Events

  • Night air show
  • Ring of fire
  • Open flying all weekend
  • Noon time demos with jets


  • Proline
  • Associated
  • RC4WD
  • J Concepts

Aerial view of RC Fest showing race tracks, runway, tents, and FPV area.

RC Fest 2018 Stats

Total Attendance
Number of TLR Cup entries
Long Jump Length
226 ft
Attending vendors
Pit Bull Tires
Castle Creations
Martin One Source
Venom (charging station)
Tamiya (indoor track)
Flite Test (airplane combat)
Big Squid RC

Hobbies for Good™

Total Money Raised for Charity
Number of Raffle Winners
We lost count!
Total Product Value Given Away
Participating Vendors for Charity
Team Associated
Pit Bull Tires
Flite Test
Lucas Oil

Congratulations to RC Fest 2018 Event Winners!

Long Jump
Paul Bludgen
RC Sumo Saturday
Thomas Wielgomas
RC Sumo Sunday
Jeremy ‘Big Bunny’
Drone Race Intermediate
Mike Hartgrave
Drone Race Pro
Preston Flint
Tug of War
Thomas Wielgomas
1/8 Truggy A-Main
Joe Bornhorst
1/8 Nitro Buggy A-Main
Grant Runkel
1/8 Ebuggy A-Main
Joe Bornhorst
1/8 Pro Buggy A-Main
Joe Bornhorst
1/8 Nitro Buggy A-Main
Grant Runkel
1/8 Truggy A-Main
Dakotah Phend

RC Fest in the Press

Family of 4 at the Flight Try-Me area.
"Horizon RC Fest was a fantastic example of what makes events awesome, and it was the perfect choice to kick off the summer events season for me. In a single day I witnessed families getting their first RC experiences, new friendships form, some incredible aircraft, phenomenal pilots, and even a facet of RC that I didn't know existed. I smiled, I laughed, I saw some cool stuff, and I hung out with some good people who all had a common interest in RC."

Source: Academy of Model Aviation: Celebrating the Start of Event Season at Horizon RC Fest

Pilot with large red and white plane
"Horizon Hobby RC Fest Rocked! We had a blast at the Horizon RC Fest this weekend! With jets, aerobats, night-flying, fireworks and even rock crawlers and racers on the dirt track, it was a fun-filled celebration of radio control."

Source: Model Airplane News: Horizon Hobby RC Fest Rocked!

night flying - inverted helicopter
"There was something for just about everyone, warbirds, antiques, combat, helicopters and sailplanes. I'm glad that I was able to attend and hope to return again next year. If you can make it to this family-friendly event, check it out."
Source: RCGroups.com: Horizon RC Fest 2018 - Event Coverage

Quotes from RC Fest Attendees

"Thank You for a Great Time! We just came down for the day from northern Indiana and enjoyed every minute. See Ya Next Year!" — Gary B.

"Thank you Horizon Hobby had a great time can't wait till next year" — Scott S.

"Woowww! Great time! Lots of great flying!! There is dirt track, rock crawling, drifting, truck pulling track, drones, helos. If your into R/C you owe it to yourself to go." — Frank M.

"Josh Bixler is an amazing guy. I had forgotten my radio at home and he lent me one if the ones they had so that I could fly. Great memory now of meeting one of my RC heroes!" — Wade W.

"If you can't make it to Nall, then head here (next year)…I drove 500 miles to see what it was all about. It was Great…" — anonymous

"I went Friday and had a good but hot time. Make sure you enter the hobby raffle. It supports local boys and girls club and you get goodies up front for buying tickets…" — anonymous

"Went for the first time Saturday, what a blast" — anonymous

"That is great of Horizon to put on such a great event. They really know how to give back and promote this great hobby! Thank you Jim for the great coverage and exposure." — anonymous

RC Fest 2019 Date: June 7, 8 & 9

Best Western Monticello Gateway Inn, Monticello, Illinois

2019 Horizon RC Fest Host Hotel

The Best Western Monticello Gateway Inn is located less than a mile from the heart of the action at Eli Field and has been recently been renovated. With Horizon RC Fest being three days you just might want to take advantage of this great deal so you do not miss any of the action!
Single: $99.99
Double: $109.99

  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, juice, coffee, and hot items
  • Indoor Pool Heated
  • Plenty of parking

To book a room call the hotel directly at 217-762-9436 or online by clicking on the link below and use the Group ID: 8D9PE2Y0

Special Horizon RC Fest Group Rates apply for a limited time so book your room before 5/01/18.

Best Western Monticello Gateway Inn
805 Iron Horse Place
Monticello, Illinois 61856