Great barbeque, fun activities, and funding to help local students

Get ready for a day full of great food and fun activities to help local college students.

The 58th annual Northwestern Michigan College Barbeque is this Sunday.

Hundreds of volunteers help to set up, serve, and showcase the campus to thousands of visitors.

The day begins with the National Anthem, a presentation of the colors, and a flyover by the Coast Guard.

Lunch consists of a hot dog or buffalo burger, beans, coleslaw, potato salad, ice cream, and drinks - everything donated by Oleson's Food Stores. Once again this year everything is compostable, so NMC hopes to make it a zero-waste picnic.

Throughout the day there are multiple free activities - including a cake walk, hair painting, obstacle courses, a climbing wall, and rides on an antique fire truck. There's also a raffle, student pottery sale, classroom and program displays, free admission to the Dennos Museum, and live entertainment.

The BBQ has raised over $1.5 million dollars for NMC projects and scholarships since it began.

The picnic takes place Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Tickets are $8 at the gate, but are $6 at local elementary schools, Oleson's stores, the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, and the Dennos Museum, among other locations.

For more information, you can call (231)-995-1020.