Two weekends of barbecues kicked off with St. Patrick Church and School in McEwen’s 169th annual two-day Irish Picnic and Homecoming to raise money for St. Patrick School July 28-29, at the campus picnic grounds. The event featured 18,000 pounds of barbecue pork slow-cooked over hickory bark coals for 24 hours, as well as 2,800 chicken halves. There was also live music and dancing, carnival games, and more throughout the weekend.
Volunteers of the St. Lawrence Church Barbecue Picnic in Joelton began working hard around noon Friday, Aug. 4, to unload and prepare the 4,000 pounds of pork shoulders that would be cooked for 22 hours, just in time for the annual fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 5, across the street from the church. Along with the meat, attendees of the picnic, which raises funds to subsidize tuition for those families attending the diocesan Catholic schools and to pay for projects done at the church, enjoyed carnival games, a silent auction, a country store, a petting zoo and more.