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Fancy Farm 2015

Fancy Farm 2015

The annual Fancy Farm picnic, hosted by a small Roman Catholic church in Graves County, has been the site of food, fun, and political oratory for more than 130 years. The menu usually includes several varieties of Western Kentucky barbecue, with traditional fixings, and speeches by candidates for statewide or national office.

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Kentucky Life

The Eighth of August

Every year, African-Americans in parts of Western Kentucky and central Tennessee gather to celebrate Emancipation on the Eighth of August, a homecoming tradition begun in 1868.

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Louisville Life

Remembering Hometown Hero Rudell Stitch

Rudell Stitch, a welterweight who used to spar with Muhammad Ali, died in 1960 at the age of 27 while trying to save a friend from drowning. He was honored last year as part of Louisville’s Hometown Heroes banner program.

Prompter Blog

Matt Jones: From Sports Radio to Fancy Farm Politics

Renee Shaw talks with Kentucky Sports Radio founder Matt Jones about his debut as emcee of the political speeches at Fancy Farm. The Middlesboro native discusses his unique career path and his interest in politics.

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Comment on Kentucky

Comment on Kentucky’s Fancy Farm Preview

Ahead of today's Fancy Farm political picnic, here are five takeways from Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service, Joseph Gerth of the Louisville Courier-Journal, and Sam Youngman of the Lexington Herald-Leader as they preview the event.

Prompter Blog

What the 2011 Governor’s Race Might Tell Us About This Year’s Contest

Renee Shaw is on her way to Fancy Farm to prepare for KET's live coverage of the annual political picnic. Before she left, she spoke with University of Kentucky political scientist Stephen Voss about what the voting trends in the state's last gubernatorial election might reveal about this year's race.

Bill's Eye Blog

The Colorful History of Fancy Farm

The Fancy Farm political picnic has a rich and definitely colorful history, especially when you consider some of the characters who have appeared at the annual Graves County event. In preparation for KET's live coverage of this year's candidate speeches, Renee Shaw takes a look at some highlights from Fancy Farm's earlier days.

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Getting Babies Off to a Good Start

It's National Breastfeeding Week, and Renee and her guests discuss the health benefits and provide tips on proper infant nutrition.

Uranium—Twisting the Dragon’s Tail | Part 2

Physicist Derek Muller embarks on an epic journey across the globe to explain the fascinating details of uranium’s birth and longevity. Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction.

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Dudamel Conducts in John Williams Celebration

Enjoy the L.A. Philharmonic in a gala opening night concert paying tribute to prolific film composer John Williams. Gustavo Dudamel conducts; Natalie Portman hosts.