Frankfort, KY – If you like spicy barbeque and fiery political oratory, it doesn't get much better than the annual Fancy Farm picnic in far western Kentucky. The 129th picnic is Saturday and Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has a preview.
The epicenter of Kentucky politics on the first Saturday in August is a small Catholic parish not far from the Mississippi River. Any politician bold enough to mount the stage at the annual Fancy Farm picnic is in for some good-natured heckling from the crowd, which often exceeds 10,000. Mark Wilson, who organizes the political speaking, says this year's event will feature at least seven candidates or potential candidates for the U-S Senate seat now held by Sen. Jim Bunning. "They have filed with the FEC and they will be allowed to speak at the 129th annual picnic this time."
Four are Democrats. The rest are Republicans. The race is wide open now that 77-year old Sen. Bunning has announced he won't seek a third term. Bunning decided to forgo the campaign after struggling to raise funds.