Fancy Farm Picnic

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Lovers of politics and barbecue will head to west Kentucky’s Graves County next weekend for the annual Fancy Farm picnic. There aren’t any major elections this year, but organizers say there’s never really an “off year” for the event.

John Paul Henry

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

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Kentucky Democratic Party executive director Mary Nishimuta said the upcoming Fancy Farm Picnic won’t be quiet for Democrats - even though it’s a non-election year.

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A public clash between Kentucky's two most powerful politicians will have to wait another year.

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  Glasgow attorney and former Kentucky House Speaker Bobby Richardson is the emcee at the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic this August.

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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.

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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.

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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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  Political junkies in Kentucky believe history will be made this weekend at the Fancy Farm Picnic, as the stage will host what is believed to be the first black female candidate. Jenean Hampton is the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor. And just as the stage party has lacked diversity over the years, so has the audience.  

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