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Fancy Farm 2014

KET provided complete coverage of the political speeches at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic.
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Speeches from Fancy Farm 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes-D, candidate for U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell-R

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

U.S. Senator Rand Paul-R

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer-R

Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway-D

State Auditor Adam Edelen-D

State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach-D

U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield-R 1st Dist.

Charles Hatchett-D, candidate for U.S. Congress, 1st District

Ky. State Rep. Richard Heath-R 2nd district

Jesse Wright-D, candidate for Ky. state rep. 2nd district

Ky. State Senator Stan Humphries-R, 2nd district

About Fancy Farm

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.

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