Fancy Farm

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.

WKMS News

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

Rob Canning/WKMS

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.

J. Tyler Franklin/Louisville Public Media

  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.

J. Tyler Franklin/Louisville Public Media

  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.

John Null/WKMS

  

  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.

Rob Canning

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