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May 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The NMC Barbecue is one of northern Michigan's most popular and enduring traditions. The annual event brings thousands of people to NMC's main campus for an old-fashioned picnic and a chance to see their community college.

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Ticket type Online sales end Price
General Admission May 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM $6.00
Pre-sale ticket includes entry, meal, and drink.
Corporate May 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM $6.00
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Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) May 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM $6.00
NMC will donate $1 for every TBAISD ticket sold to TBAISD's Adult Community Experience (ACE) program. ACE is an integrated transition program designed to give young adults ages 18–26 with mild cognitive impairments and/or developmental disabilities the necessary support in developing skills for life, social experience and career.
Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) May 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM $6.00
NMC will donate $1 for every TCAPS ticket sold to TCAPS' Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), which provides free supportive, education-related services to students, ages 3-20, who lack fixed, regular and adequate housing. STEP ensures the educational rights of families and youth by working with eligible students who have lost permanent housing due to foreclosure, eviction, or reasons related to economic hardship to locate and coordinate available services based on each student’s individual needs. The goal of the program is to ensure school stability, remove barriers to full participation in their education, and support academic achievement while children are in residential transition.
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Event Details

Visit your community's college for the 62nd annual NMC BBQ! The 'Picnic Under the Pines' is Sunday, May 21 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on the Front St. campus of Northwestern Michigan College. Advance tickets are only $6 and help support learning at the college through projects like these. Your entry includes a picnic lunch and many events and activities.

Here are some of the fun events for your whole family:

  • Picnic Lunch
    • Menu: Buffalo burger or hot dog, beans, potato salad, coleslaw, relishes, ice cream, & beverages – all generously donated by Oleson’s Food Stores
    • Again this year: Compostable plates, cups and forks and composting of food waste.
    • Serving lines open at 11 a.m. after opening ceremony
  • Activities & Games
    • Free Activities: Inflatable obstacle courses; Traverse City Fire Department antique fire engine rides; ride Chip (the faux buffalo.)
    • Children's Book Readings: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. with special guest appearances!
    • Classroom and Program Displays
    • Kid’s Games: Hair Painting, Skee Roll, Frog Launcher, Wheel of Fortune and more! Ticket purchase required
    • Cake Walk: Including a cupcake walk for kids! On the half an hour from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. One lucky winner will receive a full size cake, while all other participants will receive a cupcake. Ticket purchase required
    • Popcorn and Cotton Candy Tent: Ticket purchase required
  • Live Music
  • Alumni tent
  • Del Corner Veterans’ Tent
  • NMC Barbecue Invitational Car Show
  • NMC Martial Arts Clubs Demonstrations Demonstrations at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
  • Quilt Raffle - Benefit for NMC students through the George C. Comden Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • Northwestern Michigan Orchid Society display

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NMC Main Campus
1701 E Front
Traverse City , MI

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