The 130th Fancy Farm picnic is Saturday in rural Graves County, in far western Kentucky.
For the locals, Fancy Farm is a harvest festival, homecoming and church social, but for visitors, the barbeque and political speaking are the big draws. This year’s master of ceremonies for the speechifying is House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, who says he’s had plenty of practice.
“From beauty pageants, to political speakings, to country music performances. So, yeah, I’ve done a lot of emceeing. I’ve never done anything like this at Fancy Farm, of course. It is one of the great traditions in Kentucky politics and I’m just honored to be a part of it and looking forward to it,” he said.
All eyes this year will be on the U.S. Senate race pitting Bowling Green physician Rand Paul, the Republican nominee, against Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee.