HOW WE GOT STARTED

Rock the Barn was originally conceived as the “Barn Dance” in 2005 by Doug Sitler during an off-road tour of a 90-acre farm tract that Doug’s friends Paul and Jim Stephen had recently purchased.

Noel Dill and Tim Kulbacki rounded out the team that set up and promoted that first event which was held as a private fundraiser. With a small group of volunteers and a single band, that first “Barn Dance” drew about 250 people and raised $4,000 for Meals on Wheels. After 14 years and raising over $765,000, Rock the Barn is one of the premier events in WNY.