People travel from all over the state to the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky to watch a certain kind of political theater. Many of those assembled had already formed opinions about the candidates, like the democratic supporter who yelled “War on Work” interrupting republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams during his speech. Most of… Continue reading Crowd Responds to Fancy Farm Speeches
Our reporting team is headed to Graves County, Kentucky for the 131st annual Fancy Farm picnic, which is the epicenter of state politics and the official kick-off to the fall campaign. The two dozens speakers have all confirmed for Saturday’s event, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who will… Continue reading WFPL Does Fancy Farm
Speakers for the 131st annual Fancy Farm picnic have been scheduled and organizers have confirmed candidates seeking statewide office and departing public officials will be in attendance. Time has even been set aside for any GOP presidential nominees running in 2012, but none are on the list—yet. From Bluegrass Politics: Wilson said Democratic Gov. Steve… Continue reading Fancy Farm Speakers Confirmed
Not far from the stage, waiting for the political speaking to begin, Ralph Warren of Beaver Dam was decked out in a Stetson hat, black Converse tennis shoes and an AARP T-shirt. He was wearing a Conway sticker but confided that he kind of likes Rand Paul.
Conway won the coin toss and spoke first. He quickly went on the attack, accusing Republican Rand Paul of back-pedaling and waffling on the issues. Paul fired back, accusing Conway of running away from Democrats in Washington when it’s expedient in Kentucky.
It began as a small, annual gathering to celebrate the fall harvest. Pretty soon politicians started showing up, giving stump speeches. Today, the Fancy Farm Picnic in rural Graves County annually draws up to 20,000 people.
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 Chad Lampe, Kentucky Public Radio U.S. Senate candidates Rand Paul and Jack Conway have confirmed they will both attend the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky next month. Fancy Farm Picnic Political Chairman Mark Wilson says he expects stronger attendance this year because of the high-profile race on the November ballot. St. Jerome… Continue reading U.S. Senate Hopefuls To Speak At Fancy Farm
More than a century ago, farm families in a small Catholic parish in far western Kentucky began holding a fall harvest picnic. When politicians started showing up and giving stump speeches, attendance grew. Now, as Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports, the annual Fancy Farm Picnic draws thousands. Tiny St. Jerome parish in rural Graves… Continue reading Kentucky Politics Front and Center At Fancy Farm
From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh U-S Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford squared off Saturday at the 128th Fancy Farm picnic in far western Kentucky. Senator McConnell won the coin toss and opted to go second, which gave Bruce Lunsford, who was making his first appearance on the Fancy Farm stage, his… Continue reading McConnell, Lunsford Trade Barbs At Fancy Farm