Fancy Farm

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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.

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A rowdy crowd packed into Fancy Farm’s covered pavilion Saturday — with many more standing outside in the rain — to hear Kentucky politicians jab, brag and crack jokes.

Ryland Barton, via Twitter

After decades of Democrat-dominated Fancy Farm in a historically blue state, Republicans have found themselves with an advantage ahead of the annual political speaking event, where Democratic speakers will be outnumbered by more than two-to-one. 

Jenni Todd, WKMS

Conservative columnist and RunSwitch co-founder Scott Jennings emcees tomorrow's Fancy Farm political picnic. He and Les Fugate, also with the public relations firm RunSwitch, speak with Matt Markgraf about the event, bringing together politicians and people from across the political divide for a day of rowdy, old-time stump speaking. Jennings has spent the last couple months preparing for the big day.

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As the list of confirmed speakers at this weekend’s Fancy Farm Picnic was finalized this week, it became apparent that Republicans would significantly outnumber Democrats onstage. This is, in part, because a couple high profile Democrats decided to skip this year’s event.


One of the first political speakers for this Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic is U.S. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The sixth term senator from Louisville last weekend indicated he’s already looking forward to a seventh term in Congress

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The 136th Fancy Farm Picnic, a fundraiser for St. Jerome Catholic Church, will take place this weekend in Graves County.

RunSwitch PR

A year after Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones made waves essentially roasting politicians onstage at Graves County’s Fancy Farm Picnic, the event’s leaders have chosen a speaker with conservative credentials as the next master of ceremonies.

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  If you listened to the candidates at the Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday, this year’s race for attorney general is about nepotism and pedicures.

Democrat Andy Beshear, an attorney and son of Gov. Steve Beshear, is running against Republican state Sen. Whitney Westerfield, a former prosecutor who worked on this year’s high-profile heroin legislation.