Nearly 1,500 people attended Mid Michigan College’s 26th Annual Fall Festival & Barbecue on September 16, 2018. The event was successful in raising scholarship money for Mid students, with over $500,000 raised throughout the event’s 26 years.

“Each dollar raised directly supports students through scholarships,” said Mid 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 prepare the meal and assist with serving attendees. Event tickets provided attendees with a pork BBQ meal, complete with baked beans, corn on the cob, and desserts.

“Many local businesses sponsor the event and many employees volunteer as well,” noted Darlington. “We are grateful for all of the support from our local communities and appreciate everyone’s participation in the event.”

The Harrison Campus is transformed into a festival atmosphere with fun children’s games and inflatables, homemade ice cream, a WWI display, Harrison Area Wood Carvers, a blacksmith, and live onstage entertainment including Matt Moore, Louis Ell Family, and Central Area Concert Band.

As part of the day’s festivities, Mid hosted over 110 vehicles from across Michigan and even as far away as Texas, in a car, truck, and motorcycle show which filled the front lawn with classic vehicles. Other festival events included Mid’s Timber Trail races, with nearly 50 runners and walkers participating, and an animal adoption event sponsored by The Clare County Animal Shelter.

Ticket stubs entered attendees into the festival’s raffle. Bill Roehrs took home a big screen TV, donated by Wood’s Household Furniture, and seven other attendees won golf gift certificates from Sugar Springs and Snow Snake and shopping sprees at Family Fare Supermarkets donated by the Mid Michigan College Faculty Senate and Mid’s Board of Trustee members.

“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 many community members for a lot of fun while supporting a good cause.”

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