Nearly 1,500 people attended Mid Michigan Community College’s Annual Barbeque and Fall Festival on Sept. 15. Despite the rainy and overcast weather, the event was successful again this year in raising scholarship money for MMCC students. In its 21 years, the event has raised more than $580,000 to assist students.
“Each dollar raised directly supports students through these scholarships,” said Carol Darlington, MMCC event co-chair. “There are more students than ever who need that extra support.”
The festival is made possible with the support of countless volunteers and the contributions of Glen’s Markets and Family Fare Supermarkets, the major food sponsor. They donate hundreds of pounds of food and many volunteers to help prepare it and assist with the serving lines.
This year’s event featured children’s games, live music, a fully-restored 1880 chuck wagon, Clare County Arts Council show and an off-road vehicle show sponsored by Rocks and Valleys Off-Road Park. Inside the college, a health fair with free screenings and information from various health care providers was well received with a flu shot clinic sponsored by Central Michigan Health Department.
This was the seventh year for the College’s Timber Trail 5K Walk/Run and the first year for a 10K and a half marathon run. Between all of the races, 148 participants helped raise money for scholarships through their involvement.
Each ticket also entered attendees into a raffle for giveaways, including gift cards, a 42” flat-screen high-definition television, donated by Wood’s Household Furniture and Appliances in Clare, and two donated Sugar Springs Country Club golf packages.
“The atmosphere and smiles on the crowd make the hard work worthwhile,” said Darlington. “This event brings together so many from the community for a lot of fun and for a good cause.”