Nearly 1,500 people attended Mid Michigan Community College’s (MMCC) 25th Annual Fall Festival on September 17, 2017. The event was successful again this year in raising scholarship money for MMCC students. In its twenty-five years, the event has raised over $500,000 to assist students.
“Each dollar raised directly supports students through 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 prepare the meal and assist with serving attendees. Event tickets provided attendees 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 transformed into a festival atmosphere with a health fair, children’s games and inflatables, homemade ice cream, a WWI display, Harrison Area Wood Carvers, a blacksmith, and live onstage entertainment including smallTown, the Louis Ell Family and the Central Area Concert Band.
As part of the day’s festivities, MMCC hosted nearly 100 vehicles in a car, truck and motorcycle show, filling the front lawn with classic vehicles. Other festival events included Mid’s Timber Trail races, with over 50 runners and walkers participating, and an animal adoption event sponsored by The Clare County Animal Shelter.
Ticket stubs provided attendees entry into the festival’s raffle. In honor of our Twenty-Fifth Festival Anniversary, MMCC awarded 25 contact hours, a $4,200 value, to Nicole K. of Harrison. Ticket holders also had the chance to win a big screen TV, donated by Wood’s Household Furniture, Sugar Springs Golf Packages donated by Sugar Springs, and shopping sprees at Family Fare Supermarkets donated by the MMCC Faculty Senate and MMCC’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.”