Fancy Farm

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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.

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  The Fancy Farm picnic is famous for its bombastic political speeches and rowdy crowds, but Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin tried something different on Saturday. He tried to stay above the fray.

During his first Fancy Farm speech, Bevin criticized the tone of the other speakers and audience, saying that the raucousness further divides Republicans and Democrats.

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  This weekend, Fancy Farm Picnic emcee Matt Jones eschewed the traditional, “keep it civil” remarks that usually open the picnic’s political speaking in favor of a 10-minute roast of every politician onstage - touching on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway’s hair and Mitch McConnell’s lukewarm affection for former primary foe, now Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin. But Jones offered a particularly snide appraisal of outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s accomplishments.

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U.S. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said he’ll attend the Fancy Farm picnic next month to help support a one-time rival.

“I’m looking forward to being there,” McConnell said during a stop in Bullitt County Monday.

Other years he’s missed it, but McConnell said that’s only when there isn’t a big state race in play that year.

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Presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he won’t attend the Fancy Farm political picnic in Graves County next month.

Paul is also running for re-election to his Senate seat next year, and experts say this could prompt future challengers to criticize Paul for not paying attention to his home state while he runs for two offices simultaneously.

Fancy Farm to Vote on Legalization of Wine Sales

Jul 10, 2015
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A special election will be held in Fancy Farm after a vineyard there petitioned to legalize its wine sales. 


A popular sports talk show host will serve as master of ceremonies for the political speaking at this August’s 135th Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County.

Matt Jones is the founder of Kentucky Sports Radio, which in recent years has become a forum for politics. It will fall on Jones to manage the often-unruly crowd between speeches as the race to become Kentucky’s next governor will likely dominate the event.

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On August 2, 2014, a record attendance showed up for the 134th Fancy Farm Picnic to hear with classic stump speeches from local and statewide politicians vying for the hotseat. Murray State history professor, commentator and political junkie Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this year's event, one week later and some of his impressions ahead of the November election.

Kentucky is one of 12 states that have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations. The lawsuit asks the court of appeals in Washington, D.C., to overturn a previous settlement that forced the EPA to take action.