Thousands show up to chow down at the NMC Barbecue

Several thousand people packed NMC's campus for the 59th annual barbecue fundraiser.

Organizers say that several thousand people packed the Northwestern Michigan College campus Sunday for the 59th Annual NMC Barbecue.

Oleson's Food Stores donated all of the food for the event and there was plenty to go around: about 3,000 pounds of buffalo meat!

Beautiful weather set the backdrop for a day full of great food and family fun, with proceeds from the event benefiting NMC and the community.

Barbecue organizers say that the strong community support each year for the event speaks volumes about the people of northern Michigan.

"There's not many communities that can put this together every year and serve 10,000 people in five hours," said Andy Dolan, NMC's executive director of public relations and marketing. "It's truly a community effort. Our board has 25 volunteers from around the community who help us out and we would not be able to do it without them. When you come out here and see how many people come out just to enjoy the day, it's really gratifying for all of us who give our time to help make this happen."

The barbecue board has selected seven NMC programs to share more than $44,000 in funding from the barbecue: Health Occupations Simulation Lab, Alumni Art Show, application computer stations for the Admissions Department, NMC Scholarship Open support, wireless microphones for Milliken Auditorium, scholarships for STEM Robotics and College for Kids classes, and Calculus the Musical production.