Over 2,200 people attended Mid Michigan Community College’s Annual Barbeque and Fall Festival on Sept. 30. The event was successful again this year in raising scholarship money for MMCC students. In its 23 years, the event has raised more than $500,000 to assist students.
“Each dollar raised directly supports students through these scholarships,” said MMCC Event Chair Carol Darlington. “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 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 entertainment, 84 cars/trucks/motorcycles participating in an MMCC-sponsored show, an Imperial Wrestling Entertainment exhibition, a pet adoption event sponsored by the Clare County Animal Shelter, and a Clare County Arts Council show. Inside the college, a health fair with free screenings and information from various health care providers was well received by festival goers.
This was the ninth year for the College’s Timber Trail 5K Walk/Run and the third year for a 10K and a half-marathon run. Between all of the races, 106 participants helped raise money for scholarships through their involvement.
Each ticket also entered attendees into a raffle for giveaways, including gift cards, a flat-screen high-definition television donated by Wood’s Household Furniture and Appliances in Clare, four donated Sugar Springs County Club golf packages, three $100 Family Fare Supermarkets gift cards donated by the MMCC Faculty Senate, and two $75 Family Fare Supermarkets gift cards donated by MMCC’s Board of Trustee members. This year’s grand prize, in recognition of MMCC’s 50th anniversary, was 50 credits of free tuition.
“The atmosphere and smiles on the crowd make the hard work worthwhile,” said Darlington. “We are so grateful to the terrific volunteers and the folks from Family Fare Supermarkets who volunteered their time to give so much to our community and students. This event brings together so many from the community for a lot of fun while supporting a good cause.”