It’s time to air out your seersucker and get ready for this year’s Fancy Farm picnic! This will not be one to miss as the official line-up of speakers is more star-studded and vitriolic than we have seen in several years.
Events begin as early as Thursday and go on through Saturday evening. All day on Saturday, political temperatures will be running high, as well as the cholesterol from the 19,500 pounds of BBQ.
Pre-picnic events not to miss:
Friday, August 2
Marshall County Republican Party Night Before Fancy Farm
Calvert City Civic Center
1445 E 5th Avenue
Calvert City, KY 42029
18th Annual Marshall County Bean Dinner
Kentucky Dam State Resort Park Convention Center
8682 US Hwy 641 N
Saturday, August 3
Graves County Democratic Breakfast ($15)
Mayfield High School Commons
700 Douthitt Street
Graves County Republican Party Breakfast ($20)
Graves County High School Cafeteria
(Purchase Parkway at Exit 24)
Fancy Farm Picnic, Political Speaking begins at 2 PM
So, who’s speaking?
Ronnie Ellis lays out this year’s line-up in the Richmond Register:
Following the invocation and welcoming remarks, Ferrell Wellman, host of KET’s Comment on Kentucky program, will introduce speakers. First up will be two local legislators, Sen. Stan Humphries, R-Cadiz, and Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield.
Then McConnell gets his turn, followed by First District Congressman Ed Whitfield; and then Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who is running for McConnell’s seat.
She’ll be followed by constitutional officers Democrats Attorney General Jack Conway and Auditor Adam Edelen and Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, all of whom are considering a 2015 race for governor.
McConnell’s Republican challenger Matt Bevin will then speak followed by Democratic primary U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry.
Conspicuously absent from this list are Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who have elected to skip out this year.
The speeches will be broadcast live on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2:30/1:30 pm CT on KET and online at KET.org/live
To prepare yourself for what you will witness, check out these videos from previous picnics:
Here’s Mitch McConnell last year in 2012:
And here’s Sec. Alison Lundergan Grimes the same year:
This year, events will likely not be so civil.