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Fancy Farm 2010:
Pork, Pie and Politics

The 2010 edition of Fancy Farm: Pork, Pie and Politics served as the kickoff event to KET’s fall election coverage.


Webcast Video

On Saturday afternoon, Aug. 7, KET presented a live webcast of the political speeches. You can watch it as it happened (approx. 2 hours 27 minutes), or choose a segment below. The speakers are listed in the order in which they spoke.


Gov. Steve Beshear (D) [6:35]

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) [6:17]

Secretary of State
Trey Grayson (R) [3:27]

State Attorney General
Jack Conway,
for U.S. Senate [D] [5:54]

Rand Paul
for U.S. Senate [R] [5:58]

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (incumbent)
for 1st Congressional District [R] [3:38]

Charles Hatchett
for 1st Congressional District [D] [5:12]

State Sen. Ken Winters (R-1st) [3:02]

State Rep. Fred Nesler
(D-2nd), who is unopposed
[2:24]

Mike East,
for the 2nd District Kentucky Senate seat [R] [3:50]

Rex Smith,
for the 2nd District Kentucky House seat [D] [3:48]

State Rep. Steven Rudy,
for reelection to 1st District Kentucky House seat
[1:07]

Mike Lawrence
for the 1st District Kentucky House seat
[3:09]

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. It was a local affair at first, where people gathered to eat Western Kentucky barbecue and enjoy some regional entertainment. But 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 web site.



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