Mark Wilson

Politics
5:25 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

From Flashbulb to Flashpoint the Attempts to Curb Fancy Farm Shout-Fests

Shouting crowd member during Fancy Farm 2013
Credit John Paul Henry

Organizers expect a larger than usual crowd at this weekend's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. The 134 year-old event has evolved from old-timey political stump speeches to a shout-fest as spectators try to overpower the speaker.

In 1975 the Fancy Farm Picnic was a little more refined. In fact, it was quiet enough to hear a flash bulb pop during then-Presidential Candidate George Wallace’s speech. Wallace survived an assassination attempt in 1972 that left him paralyzed below the waist.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

McConnell, Grimes Camps Pledge Support for a More Positive Fancy Farm Picnic

The new stage at Fancy Farm.

The Fancy Farm Picnic’s political chair Mark Wilson says Democrats and Republicans offered positive feedback following a conference call to encourage a more civil atmosphere at this year's picnic.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

McConnell/Grimes Race Could Draw 20,000 to Fancy Farm Picnic

The brand new stage at St. Jerome Parish.

The 134th Fancy Farm Picnic is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Bevin Says He'll Attend Fancy Farm Picnic, Schedules First Stops in Western Ky.

Matt Bevin, the Louisville businessman seeking to defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell in next year’s Republican primary, will be at next week's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County - whether he's allowed to take the podium or not. (UPDATE 9:46 A.M 7/25, After an email Wednesday from Fancy Farm Political Speaking Chair to WKMS that Bevin won't be allowed to speak, the Associated Press now says Bevin will speak)

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Politics
12:32 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Despite Some No-Shows, Hot Political Topics to Draw Fancy Farm Crowd

Pictured are some of the crowd from the 2010 Fancy Farm Picnic.

The absence of some big names at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic won’t dampen the excitement. That’s the prediction from political speaking chair Mark Wilson. Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson have bowed out, and so has U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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