Fancy Farm 2014
Live on Saturday, August 2 at 2:30/1:30 pm CT on KET and online here on this page and at KET.org/live
KET is providing exclusive coverage of the political speeches at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic, with live coverage of the event and a special, follow-up highlight show. Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw will host Fancy Farm 2014 live from the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Fancy Farm in Western Kentucky. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham of Lyon County will be the emcee this year.
All eyes will be on the upcoming U.S. Senate race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, seeking a sixth term, and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state. "Fancy Farm is still widely considered a premier political event in Kentucky,” Shaw said. “KET viewers are among the most informed and politically plugged-in, and it's our privilege to follow these contests even at this very early stage in the fall campaigns."
The afternoon's political stump speeches will be broadcast in their entirety. Goodman and Shaw and political observers will provide political analysis prior to the event.
"Fancy Farm has become a 'must see' event for many of our KET viewers," Goodman said. "We do our best to bring viewers the flavor and feeling of one of the oldest political picnics in the nation."
This week KET's Comment on Kentucky will be coming to you live from Fancy Farm. Offering their analysis will be interim host Bill Bryant and panelists Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service, Joseph Gerth of the Courier-Journal, and Sam Youngman of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
• Friday, Aug. 1 at 8/7 pm on KET and online at KET.org/live
KET's Broadcast Coverage
- Fancy Farm 2014: Live on Saturday, August 2 at 2:30/1:30 pm on KET and online HERE and at KET.org/live
- Fancy Farm 2014 (highlights): Monday, August 4 at 8/7 pm on KET
On the Radio
Catch a radio re-broadcast of the Fancy Farm highlights program on the following stations:
• WEKU: 11 am on Tuesday, August 5
• WUKY-HD-2: 5 pm on Tuesday, August 5
• WMKY: 7 pm on Tuesday, August 5
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.