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New events planned for MMCC annual BBQ

Tickets are now on sale for Mid Michigan Community College’s Twenty-first Annual Barbecue and Fall Festival sponsored by Glen’s Markets and Family Fare Supermarkets.

This community event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. The annual BBQ brings the community together to raise funds for student scholarships.

“There are a number of new things that we’re very excited about,” said Carol Darlington, event co-chair. “Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park is sponsoring a Park-It/Show-It Off-Road show. We are looking forward to the front lawn of the campus being filled with off-road vehicles this year. If you have a Jeep, 4×4 trucks, a sand rail, or another vehicle you take off-roading we would like to have it become part of our show. Also this year will be two additional Timber Trail runs that will challenge running enthusiasts. A half-marathon and a 10K run will be added to the annual 5K run/walk.”

The Fall Festival, which takes place on MMCC’s Harrison Campus, includes a delicious pork dinner with all the trimmings, compliments of Glen’s Markets and Family Fare Supermarkets. In addition to great food, there are activities for the entire family, including live bands, children’s games, train rides, and much more.

A large number of health care vendors will be on site for a health fair and health screenings, and the Clare County Arts Council will showcase the artwork of local artists.

Pleasing the crowd for a number of years, the Central Michigan Concert Band will be returning to the stage again this year, and Open Range Band will be entertaining the crowd with the sound of country music. The fully-restored 1880 Chuck Wagon owned by Chip Frick of Farwell will be returning as well.

“We expect to serve well over 2,200 meals and raise over $27,000 for scholarships for deserving MMCC students,” said Darlington. “We appreciate how dedicated the community has been in making this event successful for 20 years.”

Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 on the day of the event. Tickets are available at all MMCC bookstores, Family Fare Supermarkets in Gladwin and Harrison, Valu Land in Clare, Chemical Banks in Clare, Farwell, Beaverton, and at their downtown locations in Gladwin and Harrison.

For more information, or to register for any of the events, visit www.midmich.edu/bbq or contact Carol Darlington at (989) 386-6625.

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