FAQs

Have a question? Start here. We have compiled our most asked questions to your burning questions so you don’t miss one bite of barbecue!!

What time do we start selling barbecue?

CHICKEN

Our smoked chicken barbecue halves are for sale beginning at 12:30 pm on Friday, July 26th. Just park and come to the booth with the long line 🙂 Chicken sales continue until around 4 pm or until we are sold out. They “fly” out of the window so be sure to arrive early to get yours!

PORK

Pork barbecue sales begin at 7 am on Saturday, July 27th and continue until we are sold out!

Pork Sandwiches are available at the Sandwich Stand starting at 6:00 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday (opening).
What food do you sell and when?
Dinner Stand: Saturday only 10:00 AM-10:00 PM:  BBQ or Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Assorted Homemade Desserts, Beverages
Hamburger Stand: Friday 5:00-11:00 PM and Saturday 10:00AM-11:00PM:  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Quesadillas, BBQ Nachos and more!
Ice Cream Stand: Open at all times
Knights of Columbus Stand: Open entire time. Here you can find carnival foods including funnel cakes and fried oreos.
When does everything start?

The Irish Picnic is held every last Friday and Saturday of July.

Our 2019 dates and times are:

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

SATURDAY, JULY 27, 10:00 Am – 11:00 pm

Souvenir Stand: Open entire time. Picnic shirts, hats, aprons
**NEW** Tie-dye booth: This year you can come and tie-dye your white Picnic shirts!  🙂
Game booths: Open entire time
Live Music:  Friday 5PM-11PM; Saturday 10AM-11PM. Click here for full schedule.
Silent Auction: Friday 5:00PM-8:00PM
Mass (in Church): Saturday Vigil 5:00PM, Sunday 9AM
Is the secret barbecue sauce spicy?

Our famous barbecue sauce is one of a kind! There is only one option available, and it’s not for the faint of heart. It has a kick to it and you will become instantly addicted. Let’s just put it this way: Your toddlers might want the sauce on the side!

The Walsh family has had custody of the secret barbecue sauce recipe since 1925 and it was a family recipe brought from Ireland so we can’t tell you how spicy it is or isn’t. This famous sauce recipe is kept under lock and key and one day will be passed to his sons.  A 300 gallon kettle is used to make the secret sauce.

You’ll just have to taste it yourself to see why so many love it! (Read more of our history here.)

What is the cost to get in?

There is no fee to enter and parking is free. We do charge for the food and games as part of our fundraiser. The live entertainment is completely free!

Costs:

Admission:  Free
Parking:  Free
Pork Sandwiches: $5
Whole BBQ Shoulder: $7 per pound
Chopped BBQ Pork: $8.50 per pound
Pork BBQ Sandwich: $5 each
BBQ Chicken Halves: $5 
Secret BBQ Sauce: $35 gallon
 Secret BBQ Sauce: $6  16oz bottle
Chicken Sauce: $7 16oz bottle
Dinner Stand plates: $9 Adult & $5 Children
Raffle Tickets:  $1/ticket  Prizes:  $1,000 and $200
How much does the food cost?

Cost of Food

  • Whole BBQ Shoulder: $7 per pound
  • Chopped BBQ Pork: $8.50 per pound
  • Pork BBQ Sandwich: $5 each
  • BBQ Chicken Halves: $5 
  • Secret BBQ Sauce: $35 gallon
  • Secret BBQ Sauce: $6  16oz bottle
  • Chicken Sauce:$7 16oz bottle
  • Dinner Stand Prices: $9 Adult & $5 Children
Where can I park?

We have a large field next to our Irish Picnic grounds with plenty of parking. All parking is free.

Where are you located?

We are located in McEwen, Tennessee, one hour west of Nashville. Our address is 175 St Patrick St, McEwen, TN 37101.

Find us on Google Maps here.

Where can we stay when we visit?
Please check out VisitHumphreys to see a list of lodging here: https://www.visithumphreys.com/kentucky-lake-lodging/ and a camping list https://www.visithumphreys.com/camping/
Can we buy souvenirs?

Yes – We have a souvenir booth with many popular items for purchase. We have t-shirts, hats, aprons, infant and children sizes and other items available.

If you want to purchase them before or after the Irish Picnic, you can call the school or church office. 

The price list varies by item:
Adult S -XL – $18
Adult 2xl and 3xl – $20
Kids – $15
Infants- $12
Long sleeve adult- $22
Aprons – $22
Hats -$18

How much does the pork cost?
Whole BBQ Shoulder    $7 per pound
Chopped BBQ Pork       $8.50 per pound
Pork BBQ Sandwich     $5 each
How much does the chicken cost?

BBQ Chicken Halves: $5

Chicken Sauce: $7 16oz bottle

Do you have an ATM?

Yes, there will be an on-site ATM for your convenience.

Where are the restrooms?

We have a group of portable toilets and a hand washing station along the perimeter between the picnic grounds and the parking area.

How many pounds of meat will be smoked?

Each year, volunteers for the event barbecue 20,000 pounds of pork shoulder and 4,000 chicken halves.

Hours of Operation

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020
10:00 Am - 11:00 pm

FREE Admission and Parking!

Advertising opportunities available at different price levels!  Contact us for details.

All proceeds benefit St. Patrick School.

Advertising opportunities available.

Drop Us a Line

Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!

Event Location

175 St. Patrick's Street
McEwen, TN 37101

Questions? Please Email
vicki.james@sps-tn.org

EVENT PHONE
931-582-3493