McPolin Farm event changed to focus on music |

McPolin Farm event changed to focus on music

For the past few years, the Friends of the McPolin Farm Committee hosted an event called Your Barn Door Is Open.

The night featured a roasted pig, catered food and a night of square dancing.

While the event was successful and fun, the committee decided to change things up this year, said Tina Adkinson, a member of the Friends of the Farm Committee.

"We thought it might be fun to focus on the live music portion of the event this time around," Adkinson said during an interview with The Park Record. "We felt the pig-roast theme has been done several times in a row, and figured it would be fun to try something different."

So, the committee, a nonprofit organization that is part of Park City Municipal and backed by the city council that works with events and the preservation of the McPolin Farm, decided to turn the party into a barbecue and bluegrass event.

The result is BBQ and Bluegrass at the McPolin Farm that will be held Saturday, June 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $22. Tickets for children, ages 12 and younger, are $12 and there is a family package that includes two adults and two children $65. Tickets can be purchased at PC MARC, 1200 Little Kate Rd. in Park Meadows.

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"We felt barbecue and bluegrass went together and would bring images of a great, family-friendly and affordable summer night event for everyone in Park City," Adkinson said.

The music will be provided by two young, up-and-coming artists in the acoustic-music community.

"The first is a local girl from Park City named Sophia Dion," Adkinson said. "She is still in her early teens and is just phenomenal. She’s a guitarist who plays folk-rock and country."

Dion will play for the first hour of the event and warm things up for Stringshot.

"Stringshot is a five-piece bluegrass band that is based in Utah County," Adkinson said. "The thing about this group is that it is comprised of high-school kids.

"They have played all over the country and we were very lucky to get a hold of them," she said. "They are very talented and each individual member has won awards or has played with some very impressive people."

The barbecue will be catered by Sky J’s, which is located in Heber.

"They specialize in barbecue and are known for slow cooking their beef brisket for 15 hours," Adkinson said. "They will also have a vegetarian option available as well, because we know there are a lot of people in Park City who are non-barbecue eaters. So we made sure we had something for them, too."

In addition to the main course and music, the event will include watermelon, cookies, grapes and other goodies.

"Also, to make the event more family-friendly than it already is, we will have a two-story bounce house and slide for the little ones," Adkinson said. "We would love people to come and lay out blankets or set up some chairs and have a good time. We encourage the adults to dance while the kids enjoy the bounce house, or if the kids want to dance, they can, too."

The reason why the committee is selling tickets at PC MARC is for convenience.

"This way we can accept credit cards," Adkinson said. "In the past we’ve only accepted cash or check, which we still do, but we felt it was important to accept credit cards so more people can attend."

The ticket costs covers the band and the food.

"We just want people to come out to the farm, because it is such a beautiful place that has been preserved and kept up with care," Adkinson said. "We hold three or four events every year and their goal is to get people out to this historic landmark in Park City to enjoy some of the town’s culture.

"With the weather we had recently, we know it’s going to be a beautiful night," she said.

The Friends of the McPolin Farm Committee will host BBQ and Bluegrass at the farm, 3000 S.R. 224, on Saturday, June 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Sophia Dion and the Stringshot Band. Tickets can be purchased at PC MARC, 1200 Little Kate Rd. For more information, visit or call (435) 615-5819. For more information about Sophia Dion, visit For more information about Stringshot, visit