Special to the Record-Eagle/Keith King
Rob Voss, left, and his father, Gil Voss, both of Traverse City, monitor a kettle of beans Sunday during the 55th annual NMC Barbecue. The two have been volunteering at the event since 1960. "It really has developed," Gil, who is the creator of the event's bean recipe, said about the barbecue. "It's fun to stand back and watch it." "I'm kind of known as 'the bean man' because this has been my station for 50 years," Gil said.