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Annual barbeque still successful after 20 years

Live entertainment gathered onlookers and listeners all afternoon.

Laker Current staff report

Under sunny skies Sunday, several thousand area residents flocked to Mid Michigan Community College’s 20th annual Barbeque & Fall Festival at its Harrison campus.

The event, which was held from noon to 4 p.m. served up pork barbeque with side dishes of  baked beans, corn on the cob, and potato salad, all donated by Glen’s Markets and Family Fare Supermarkerts.

The trout pond draws some anxious fishermen.

The day was also filled with plenty of activities for the whole family, including a classic car show presented by Cruis’n Classics, children’s games, a community art show, health fair and an outdoor stage with a variety of family entertainment. Proceeds from the annual barbeque go toward funding student scholarships.

Winner Chris Pellerito prepares to kiss a pig.

A highlight of the day was the second annual Phi Theta Kappa fundraiser, a Kiss the Pig competition that invites students and faculty to donate money to see their favorite candidate kiss a pig. This year’s top moneymaker was Chris Pellerito, MMCC’s director of admissions. He narrowly beat out biology instructor Kevin Allen. English faculty members Lou “Bud” Kanyo and Sallie Butler were third and fourth in the balloting. Proceeds from that competition go toward funding programs and events sponsored by MMCC’s local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international student honor society.

The kids’ train rides are always a crowd favorite.

Cruis’n Classics continued its annual tradition of hosting an antique car show at MMCC.



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