Crowd Responds to Fancy Farm Speeches

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 […]

WFPL Does Fancy Farm

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 […]

Fancy Farm Speakers Confirmed

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 […]

U.S. Senate Hopefuls To Speak At Fancy Farm

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 […]

Kentucky Politics Front and Center 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 […]

McConnell, Lunsford Trade Barbs 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 […]