Fancy Farm

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic this year. The fundraiser for Saint Jerome’s Catholic Church is one of the best known political events in the state.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS / Fancy Farm

A non-election year didn’t stop an enthusiastic crowd from showing up to this year’s 137th Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County.

Watch the Fancy Farm political picnic LIVE on KET. Their coverage begins at 2 p.m. (central time). WKMS News will be live tweeting @WKMS and Kentucky Public Radio's Ryland Barton @RylandKY is covering the picnic as well as other local events leading up to the main event.

Ryland Barton, via Twitter

The Fancy Farm Picnic kicks off Saturday in Graves County in far-west Kentucky. The annual political speaking event takes place in the afternoon, drawing politicians from around the state. Speakers will make stump speeches and hurl insults at their opponents before a rowdy crowd.

WKMS news

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul is skipping this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic. 

John Paul Henry

Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is skipping this year's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. 

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

The annual Fancy Farm picnic and political speaking event takes place next week in far-west Kentucky’s Graves County.


The annual Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County next month will see no shortage of GOP presence.

J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL News

Nine months after Republicans dominated Kentucky’s November elections, Gov. Matt Bevin got to take a victory lap at last weekend’s Fancy Farm. And top Democrats skipped the event, leaving him largely unchallenged by opponents onstage.

Rob Canning, WKMS

Not much can keep the Fancy Farm crowd away from their biggest political show. While the 136th annual picnic was missing half it’s usual performers from the Kentucky Democratic Party, and humidity was challenged by afternoon showers, constituents from across the Commonwealth couldn’t get enough. Nicole Erwin and Ebony Clark asked the crowd why it is all worth it in this audio card.