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Fancy Farm 2015 Speeches

By KET Staff | 08/01/15 3:00 AM

Read a summary of 2015 Fancy Farm Speeches >>

Fancy Farm Speakers

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Emcee – Matt Jones
[11:46]


Representative Richard Heath – R
[1:57]


State Sen. Stan Humphries – R
[2:07]


U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield – R
[2:16]


U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell – R
[5:08]


Governor Steve Beshear – D
[4:27]


Governor Candidate Jack Conway – D
[5:04]


Governor Candidate Matt Bevin – R
[5:15]


Lt. Governor Crit Luallen – D
[2:11]


Lt. Governor Candidate Jenean Hampton – R
[3:35]


Lt. Governor Candidate Sannie Overly – D
[4:11]

About the Fancy Farm Picnic

Every year since the early 1880s, St. Jerome Catholic Church in the small town of Fancy Farm, near Mayfield in Graves County, has hosted an annual community picnic. At some point, political candidates began to see the Fancy Farm Picnic as a good chance to meet, greet, and stump for votes. Soon a platform for speaking was added, and by the middle of the 20th century, Fancy Farm had become the unofficial kickoff event for the fall campaigns.

These days at Fancy Farm, picnic volunteers serve up tons of barbecue (pork and the regional favorite, mutton) while crowds gather at the speakers’ platform to cheer—or jeer—their chosen candidates.

For more information on the picnic, see the official Fancy Farm website.

Want to see past Fancy Farm speakers? Visit our KET Fancy Farm archives.