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Fancy Farm 2013

All eyes were on the upcoming 2014 Senate race at Fancy Farm 2013. Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw hosted the KET broadcast live from Fancy Farm in Western Kentucky, where voters got a preview of an anticipated matchup between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, seeking a sixth term, and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. Also on the speaking roster were Attorney General Jack Conway and Gov. Steve Beshear.


Videos of Fancy Farm Speeches

KET presents videos of the speeches at Fancy Farm, listed in their speaking order.

Mark Wilson
Fancy Farm Political Chair Mark Wilson
[15:09]
Ferrell Wellman
Emcee Ferrell Wellman
[1:56]
Stan Humphries
State Sen. Stan Humphries,
[R] [4:39]
Richard Heath
State Rep. Richard Heath,
[R], [4:07]
Mitch McConnell
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell,
[R] [5:48]
Ed Whitfield
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield,
[R] [5:57]
Alison Lundergan Grimes
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes,
[D] [6:42]
Jack Conway
Attorney General Jack Conway,
[D] [6:03]
Adam Edelen
State Auditor Adam Edelen,
[D] [5:52]
James Comer
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer,
[R] [4:51]
Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin,
[R] [5:43]
Ed Marksberry
Ed Marksberry,
[D] [5:12]

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 web site.



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