McPolin Farm opens up for a community barbecue |

McPolin Farm opens up for a community barbecue

For some reason, the food tastes better when a barbecue takes place in the right setting. Add a few friends and acquaintances and the experience reaches perfection.

That’s one of the reasons Friends of the Farm will host Your Barn Door Is Open on June 27, at McPolin Farm.

The other reason is to raise a little money to help with the area’s historical preservation, said Denise Carey, coordinator for Park City Municipal and manager of the McPolin Farm.

"Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and free for children ages 5 and younger," Carey said during an interview with The Park Record. "All the sales go back directly towards the farm. While we have a budget with Park City to help pay for the events we put on, but all the money we receive during those events will are used for the different projects we do at the farm."

One example is what Carey calls the "Roundabout."

"This is where all the old-time farm equipment is set up," she said. "It’s these types of projects that are paid for with those funds."

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There is a limit on tickets.

"We only allow for 150 people and there are around 70 tickets left," she said. "We want to make sure it’s comfortable for everyone and keep the atmosphere magical."

Spencer’s Smoking Grill will cater the barbecue.

"The menu this year will include chicken, pork, coleslaw, cookies and lemonade," Carey said.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m.

"It usually takes between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to get everyone settled so they can choose where they want to sit and then we go from there," Carey said.

And, yes, the barn doors will be open, she said.

"Unfortunately, people still can’t go inside the barn until we complete some of the work we want to do in the next year because of safety issues," Carey said. "We had a structural report done on it and we’re trying to work towards making it safe.

"Once that work is done, fingers crossed if everything works out as planned, we’ll be able to take people into the barn and give them a tour and let them see more than they can right now," she said. "It’s still a beautiful structure and we want to stop if from falling over."

The entertainment for the evening will be by the Motherlode Canyon Band who will play from 6 p.m. until closing time.

"We had them for our full-moon snowshoe hike at the farm this past winter and they kept asking us if they could do an outdoor performance during one of our events," Carey said. "So, we decided to let them try it. This is great because this is an outdoor event and the band performs outside and people who like to dance will fill up the patio."

Live music is nothing new at McPolin Farm events.

"For the past couple of years, we had thrown a Barbecue and Bluegrass party, but haven’t done a YBDO, as we call it," Carey explained. "This is the first year we’re bringing it back.

"We did the bluegrass event for two years in a row and realized that we wanted more people up dancing," she said. "You can dance to bluegrass, but it’s different. We wanted to see people out on the patio enjoying themselves. That’s the whole fun of events like this. We’re always trying to have fun out there."

Carey encourages people who are coming to the barbecue to walk or ride bicycles because parking is limited.

"We will also have shuttles that will run from PC MARC that day," she said. "They will start around 5:15 p.m. and people can park in the far end of the parking lot and get a ride out to the farm."

The shuttle service returning to the PC MARC that evening will start at 8 p.m.

"I’m hoping Betty McPolin Burt will come up this year." Carey said. "She turned 90 last year and was the one who was born in the farmhouse on the property. During the party, we all raised a glass to her and wished her a happy birthday."

Friends of McPolin Farm will host Your Barn Door is Open at the farm on Saturday, June 27, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at PC MARC, 1200 Little Kate Rd., or by calling 435-615-5401. For more information, email , or visit