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Feast and dance at the McPolin Farm

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

Maybe you’ve posed for portraits or cruised the trail surrounding the McPolin Farm. But until you’ve noshed on roast pig, tapped your toes to clawhammer banjo, and danced under the stars, you haven’t experienced all that one of Park City’s most recognizable landmarks has to offer.

Each year, the Friends of the Farm and Park City Municipal Corp. co-host "Your Barn Door is Open," a pig roast and hoedown at the historic barn.

This year’s event is slated for Saturday, June 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 (free for kids 3 and under) and are available in advance at the Park City Library.

According to event co-chair Tracy Knoeller, the Friends of the Farm have been hard at work over the past month doing spring-cleaning and landscaping at the farm. They have made several improvements while striving to maintain the integrity of the structures and natural surroundings.

"We’re trying to keep the farm as historically accurate as possible," she says. Some of the improvements, like moving the outhouse to the back of the property, are aesthetic, while others, like repairing fallen sections of the fence, are matters of public safety. "Farms aren’t supposed to be pristine, but we also want to make sure things are safe for the public," Knoeller says.

The Friends group has devised a list of upgrades for the farm that it hopes to complete before this year’s event. Members plan to remove barbed wire on the premises, add interpretive labels to the farm equipment, plant native grasses in bare spots, and purchase more authentic lawn furniture to replace the schoolyard-style picnic tables.

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By the time "Your Barn Door is Open" rolls around, the venue should be in prime condition, Knoeller says. And its new mascot, Georgina the Cow, will be ready to make her debut. In years past, the event organizers have borrowed the cow from Main Street for the event, but now the farm has its very own.

"She’s already caused quite a stir," says Knoeller. "She looks so real that people do a double take." Several passersby who have caught a glimpse of Georgina in the window of the barn have wondered if a cow from the nearby pasture wandered astray.

The cow will be available for photo ops and guests are encouraged to bring their cameras. They can also bring their beverage of choice. The roast pork dinner will be prepared by Kumbayah Kitchens of Kamas and live music will be provided by clawhammer banjo player Mike Iverson and his boot-stomping folk/bluegrass ensemble

Blue Sage. "He’s always fantastic," Knoeller says. "It’s very engaging."

The event will be held the same day as the Historic Home Tour, which showcases some of Park City’s most interesting homes. The organizers are encouraging locals and tourists to make a day out of celebrating the town’s history.

Knoeller says that while the event is history-centric and questions are welcome, its primary purpose is relaxation and fun. "It’s definitely a social event."

Proceeds from "Your Barn Door is Open" will sponsor improvements and future events at the Farm. The Friends of the Farm have the ability to host up to 12 events at the venue each year. In addition to the three current events the scarecrow festival in the fall, the moonlight snowshoe hike in the spring, and the summer hoedown Knoeller says the organization would like to more. One idea is to organize a farm-to-table dinner featuring local chefs and produce.

The board is currently seeking applicants to serve two-year volunteer terms. For applications and more information, visit ww.mcpolinfarm.org

Parking at the McPolin Barn is prohibited and is extremely limited on Meadows Drive. The Music Taxi will provide shuttles from the Park City Racquet Club at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 6:15 p.m., with return services at 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

For more information about "Your Barn Door is Open," contact Knoeller at 649-7457 ext. 5107 or tknoeller@parkcityhistory.org .

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