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KET provides live coverage and analysis of Fancy Farm 2013

For Release: 2013-07-16 10:14:00

KET is providing exclusive coverage of Fancy Farm 2013, with a special Comment on Kentucky, live coverage of the event, and the 2013 edition of the highlight show.

On Friday, Aug. 2, Ferrell Wellman will host Comment on Kentucky live from Fancy Farm. A panel of journalists will discuss the political news of the event and what’s expected the following day. This episode of Comment on Kentucky airs at 8/7 p.m. on KET and online at

Next, on Saturday, Aug. 3, Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw will broadcast live on Fancy Farm 2013. The afternoon’s political stump speeches, emceed by KET’s Wellman, will be broadcast in their entirety. Goodman and Shaw provide a pre-event analysis with political observers, which begins at 2:30/1:30 p.m. on KET and online at

"Fancy Farm is still widely considered a premier political event in Kentucky,” Shaw says. “KET viewers are among the most informed and politically plugged-in, and it’s our privilege to follow these events even at this early stage in the contest," which includes a highly publicized potential contest between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes for McConnell's U.S. Senate seat.

Then, on Monday, Aug. 5, Goodman and Shaw present highlights from the Fancy Farm picnic and introduce excerpts from the speeches in a special one-hour Fancy Farm 2013. This program airs at 8/7 p.m. on KET.

“Fancy Farm has become a ‘must see’ event for many of our KET viewers,” Goodman says. “We do our best to bring viewers the flavor and feeling of one of the oldest political picnics in the nation.”

About Fancy Farm: Every year since the early 1880s, St. Jerome Catholic Church in the small town of Fancy Farm in Western Kentucky has hosted an annual community picnic. It was a local affair at first, 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 in Kentucky.

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Contact: Abby Malik



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