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

What time do we start selling barbecue?


Our smoked chicken barbecue halves are for sale beginning at 11 am on Friday, July 28. 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 barbecue sales begin at 7 am on Saturday, July 29 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 (Or Until Sold Out):  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 at all times. 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 2023 dates and times are:

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm 

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Silent Auction: Friday 3:00PM-8:00PM

Souvenir Stand: Open entire time. Picnic shirts, hats, aprons
Bingo: Saturday Only, 10 AM-8PM
Game Booths: Open entire time.
Live Music:  Friday 5PM-11PM; Saturday 10AM-11PM
Church Tour: Saturday 11AM-12PM, Confessions following tour
Mass (in Church): Saturday Vigil 5:00PM (Confessions at 4PM), 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!


Admission:  Free
Parking:  Free
Pork Sandwiches: $6
Whole BBQ Shoulder: $8 per pound
Chopped BBQ Pork: $9.50 per pound
Pork BBQ Sandwich: $6 each
BBQ Chicken Halves: $6 each
Secret BBQ Sauce: $35/gallon
Secret BBQ Sauce: $6/bottle
Chicken Sauce: $9/bottle
Dinner Stand plates: $15 Adult & $8 Children
Raffle Tickets:  $1/ticket  Prize:  $1,000
How much does the food cost?

Cost of Food

  • Whole BBQ Shoulder: $8 per pound
  • Chopped BBQ Pork: $9.50 per pound
  • Pork BBQ Sandwich: $6 each
  • BBQ Chicken Halves: $6 each
  • Secret BBQ Sauce: $35 gallon
  • Secret BBQ Sauce: $6/bottle
  • Chicken Sauce: $9/bottle
  • Dinner Stand Prices: $15 Adult & $8 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 Shirt S -XL – $20

Adult 2XL and 3XL – $22

Adult Long Sleeve Shirt – $22

Kids Shirts – $15

Infants Onesies – $15

Half 3-Pocket Aprons – $20

Full 2-Pocket Apron – $30

Hats -$25 


How much does the pork cost?
Whole BBQ Shoulder    $8 per pound
Chopped BBQ Pork       $9.50 per pound
Pork BBQ Sandwich     $5 each
How much does the chicken cost?

BBQ Chicken Halves: $6/each

Chicken Sauce: $9/bottle

Do you have an ATM?

Yes! We will have an ATM located on the picnic grounds.

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 28, 2023
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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
[email protected]